Il Divo 2009

Il Divo

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While the web of corruption in this Italian political thriller can be hard for a non-native to follow, the visuals and the intrigue are compelling and thrilling in equal measure.

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Writer-director Paolo Sorrentino received the Cannes Jury Prize for his biopic of the fabled Italian politician Giulio Andreotti (Toni Servillo). The film covers a large portion of Andreotti's seven terms as prime minister of Italy, and concerns itself with the inner machinations of the man known as "Beelzebub," the intrigue surrounding the disappearance of his political enemies (including two-time prime minister Aldo Moro), and the role of the Mafia in postwar Italy.

Cast & Crew

Toni Servillo
Giulio Andreotti
Anna Bonaiuto
Livia Danese
Giulio Bosetti
Eugenio Scalfari
Flavio Bucci
Franco Evangelisti
Carlo Buccirosso
Paolo Cirino Pomicino
Lorenzo Gioielli
Mino Pecorelli
Teho Teardo
Original Music
Luca Bigazzi
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Cristiano Travaglioli
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Critic Reviews for Il Divo

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (20) | Fresh (47) | Rotten (4)

  • The film takes flight on the brilliant title performance by Tony Servillo (Gomorrah), who plays Andreotti like a mummified Alec Guinness, as if encased in layers of plaster of Paris.

    August 23, 2009 | Full Review…
  • We may not know the man, but we know the dance, as seen in the highly diverting and hugely controversial Il Divo, a biopic as wly as its subject.

    July 10, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • After I saw Il Divo, I suppose I should have felt indignation. I suppose I should also have felt that way after "The Godfather." But such films present such mesmerizing figures that I simply regard them, astonished.

    July 9, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The enigmatic Andreotti is the perfect subject for a biopic in the European tradition.

    June 30, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • All in all, this phenomenal film illustrates Alexis de Tocqueville's observation that "The people get the government they deserve." In both meanings of the word, Il Divo is sensational.

    June 5, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • Il Divo joins Matteo Garrone's more expansive, more extraordinary Gomorrah -- which contains an even better performance from Servillo -- as a grim portrait of the trouble with modern Italy.

    June 4, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Il Divo

  • Feb 27, 2020
    Italian politics remain something of a difficult subject for film as it's endlessly confusing. Sorrentino narrows the focus just enough here to give you a sense of the chaotic depths of the corruption even if Andreotti remains an enigmatic figure at the end.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 26, 2011
    I'm sorry, and I am obviously in a tiny minority here, but I found <i>Il Divo</i>, largely, incredibly tedious, frustrating, annoying. No amount of camera trickery, pop music interludes, fast cutaways or 3D inter titles can disguise the fact that this is a laborious, boring affair. The huge amount of characterless characters is my biggest problem, with - for a long time - practically every 60 seconds a new person being introduced and then barely seen again. I'm a huge admirer of Paolo Sorrentino's previous films but really was not feeling this one at all, and it was a real chore to get through. I didn't find it comedic, tragic or exciting, just snoozeworthy.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer
  • Dec 26, 2010
    informative (if you're interested in the mafia or their relations with other areas of italian society), filmed well but like watching paint dry... very boring! it gets to the point where you're just going "blah, blah, blah" at the screen and waiting for something to happen... which never does!
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  • Jun 20, 2010
    A brilliant film based on the complex and enigmatic character of Andreotti, and Italy itself. The Italian political scene during the Christian Democrats' reign was rife with clientelism, corruption and terrorism. Servillo's portrait of Andreotti is appropriately ambiguous and opaque. The primary strength of this film is Sorrentino's masterful direction, settings, framing, film composition and montage. Plus, any film that can successfully incorporate Trio's 'da da da' into a soundtrack predominately composed of classical music deserves commendation. Bravo!!!
    Stefanie C Super Reviewer

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