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Human Capital (2015)

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Critic Consensus: Part character study, part socioeconomic fable, Human Capital offers trenchant commentary as well as absorbing drama.

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HUMAN CAPITAL begins at the end, as a cyclist is run off the road by a careening SUV the night before Christmas Eve. As details emerge of the events leading up to the accident, the lives of the well-to-do Bernaschi family, privileged and detached, will intertwine with the Ossolas, struggling to keep their comfortable middle-class life, in ways neither could have expected. Dino Ossola (Fabrizio Bentivoglio), in dire financial straits, anticipates the birth of twins with his second wife (Valeria Golino). Meanwhile, Dino's teenage daughter's relationship with hedge-fund manager Giovanni Bernaschi's playboy son complicates an already tricky social dance of status, money and ambition. Paolo Virzi's taut character study deconstructs the typical linear narrative, observing transformative events from each character's perspective. The result is a nuanced account of desire, greed and the value of human life in an age of rampant capitalism and financial manipulation. (C) Film Movement

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Cast

Valeria Bruni Tedeschi
as Carla Bernaschi
Luigi Lo Cascio
as Donato Russomanno
Valeria Golino
as Roberta Morelli
Fabrizio Gifuni
as Giovanni Bernaschi
Vincent Nemeth
as L'avvocato Gérard Pierret
Bebo Storti
as Inspector
Giovanni Anzaldo
as Luca Ambrosini
Guglielmo Pinelli
as Massimiliano Bernaschi
Matilde Gioli
as Serena Ossola
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All Critics (60) | Top Critics (19)

The film is further undone by an overwrought ending and toneless conclusion that proves too soft to energize the movie's implied though underdeveloped social critique.

Full Review… | April 3, 2015
Chicago Sun-Times
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Valeria Bruni Tedeschi contributes an affecting performance as the rich boy's spiritually bereft mother, whose self-worth has been smothered by luxury.

Full Review… | April 2, 2015
Chicago Reader
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Paolo Virzi's electrifying film is a murder mystery. The main question is, Who killed Italian society?

Full Review… | March 5, 2015
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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With its stylish lines and creamy production values, "Human Capital" combines the luxurious look of a classic wish-fulfillment fantasy with a stinging critique of capitalism's excesses and psychic costs.

Full Review… | February 26, 2015
Washington Post
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In "Human Capital," the destinies of two Italian families become intertwined after a hit-and-run accident in which the victim is a waiter.

Full Review… | February 19, 2015
Arizona Republic
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Human Capital transplants the action from Connecticut to a wealthy suburb of Milan, but the theme remains the same: In our rush to attain supposed happiness through money and power, we often overlook the things that really matter and make us truly happy.

Full Review… | February 12, 2015
Miami Herald
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Audience Reviews for Human Capital

A sharp and intelligent social commentary with strong performances and a multilayered narrative that examines the value of human life in our world and interweaves the perspectives of three characters to show the irremediable impact that people have on each other's lives.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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completely terrible and pointless. Just a useless story told with different timelines for no reason. With the final message of the movie also being useless and not having anything to do with the rest of the movie (1 viewing)

Waleed Ata
Waleed Ata
½

one of the best movies i've seen this year. this italian yarn hits all the right notes regarding class, status, and entitlement in the contemporary world. outstanding performances all around, with superb directing, editing, and most especially - the writing. bravo.

Seth Lachs
Seth Lachs

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