Pasolini

2014, Biography/Gay & lesbian, 1h 25m

55 Reviews 100+ Ratings

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Pasolini may frustrate viewers seeking a straightforward biopic, but director Abel Ferrara's unconventional approach is well-matched by Willem Dafoe's performance. Read critic reviews

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A chronicle of the last days of life of Italian film director and writer Pier Paolo Pasolini, whose body was found on the beaches of Ostia on the morning of Nov. 3, 1975.

Cast & Crew

Willem Dafoe
Pier Paolo Pasolini
Riccardo Scamarcio
Ninetto Davoli
Ninetto Davoli
Eduardo de Filippo
Camille Chandellier
Executive Producer
Costanza Coldagelli
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Stefano Falivene
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Igor Gabriel
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Rossano Marchi
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All Critics (55) | Top Critics (23) | Fresh (43) | Rotten (12)

  • Just as he did with 2018's At Eternity's Gate, in which he embodied the artist Vincent van Gogh, [Willem] Dafoe brilliantly captures the essence and a more-than-reasonable resemblance to the real figures.

    August 8, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It may be only one man's version of what many have speculated about... but in its clear-eyed grittiness, it's also a tribute from a filmmaker for whom the night's temptations were ripe and its dangers legion.

    May 30, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Ferrara... straining toward the sublime, stumbles into vulgarity.

    May 13, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Reluctantly takes its place in a cinema of admonition that turns human lives lived against oppressive opposition into simplistic warnings against having sex on the beach. The man deserves better.

    May 10, 2019 | Full Review…
  • A frustrating disappointment ... sluggish and slow, as if Ferrara either dreads having to find his way to Ostia Beach-where Pasolini was murdered-or finds pleasure in the foreplay.

    February 18, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • While its nonchalant style won't be for everyone, its understated ambition still is worthy of admiration along with Willem Dafoe's terrific performance.

    September 30, 2020 | Full Review…

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