Il Divo

2008, History/Biography, 1h 50m

51 Reviews 2,500+ Ratings

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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. Read critic reviews

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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.

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  • 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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