Critic Reviews for Lamerica
The film's intention is to put a human face on a complex situation, and while this is successful, it is the depth of the film's characters that draws the audience's empathy.
A mesmerizing film that will soften your heart towards the plight of refugees all over the world.
Audience Reviews for Lamerica
This film is incredible, to say the least. From start to finish, the film has an energy that continually draws the audience into the characters and forces them to see their point of view. Phenomenal visuals.
toccante viaggio per le strade del tempo che ha distrutto la fugace memoria del popolo. Ma, la lontana sperenza non mostra nessun segno de morte.
This isnt just a story of we should all get along, its far more intricate. It is a story about historical continuity, colonialism, immigration, Europe vs. east, rich vs. poor, ex-communism. All of these ideas come together into this film. From when it begins we are given shots of Albania under Mussolinis occupation, then seamlessly brought into the world of 1991, as if nothing has changed. An Albanian guide who comes to greet the new Italian investors gestures to them by making a quasi fascist salute. The movie transitions quickly from an embezzlement scheme to a movie about human misery and suffering. The two main actors from the film (Enrico Lo Verso and Carmelo Di Mazzarelli) begin with very subtle roles that eventually grew until the climax of the film. As they travel together across Albania they seem to resemble two distinct worlds brought together in this land trapped in time. One still imagines that he is young soldier in army of Mussolini, the other lives fifty years ahead, both are trying to get back home; yet both live in separate worlds. The complications of their relationship are built off of this very difference and similarity. The older one is also trapped, experiencing the horrors of war and instability from an inside perspective (as it was occurring in Italy); the other from without. The impossibility of Talaricos dreams are not what is important, he himself seems to be an unreal figure in that world. What is important are his very dreams, the dreams and fears that represent a generation of Italians themselves By the end of the film, when pride is finally humbled and the situation for Gino has become no different than that of Albanians, we see a final sequence on a boat headed for Italy. An image reminiscent of the old days of immigration to New York. Who is Italian? Who is Albanian? Everything is confused.
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