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The fact that these different individuals have only an enormous ring road in common seems like an arbitrary link between them to create a broad portrait (yet in very broad strokes) of Italian society, and it feels detached as it observes but doesn't bring us close to these people.
se visto e ascoltato con attenzione è un film che lascia il segno.
Sacro GRA is a circular road going around Rome, and the documentary is about people living/working alongside it.
It doesn't show anything that was supposed to show, only normal scenes of everyday life in a normal and peaceful outskirts. Nothing interesting.
A decadent nobleman, a transvestite prostitute, a botanist on a mission to save palm trees from insect infestation, a kind-hearted paramedic. They are only four of the many colourful characters who live in the areas around Rome's famous Ring Road followed by Gianfranco Rosi in his latest work. This year's Golden Lion winner, the first documentary to win the coveted prize, Sacro GRA feels as much like a tender and heartfelt look at these everyday people as it does an enchanting portrayal of the magical side and uniqueness of these individuals. It also feels like the more realistic spin on the familiar multiple plotline structure that is prominent in fiction filmmaking but never feels as genuine and harrowing as it does in this documentary. Furthermore, its wonderful and careful photography makes it seem like a touching and entertaining narrative drama that is often at once funny and tragic - an approach that both reveals and flatters Rosi's scope of seeking and showing the beauty of the comedy and drama of everyday life.
Various examples of humanity, some characters more catchy than others, overall a long and difficult documentary process leading to an enjoyable and tender movie.