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Viva la libertà (2014)

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In this elegant and chilling story about world politics, the great Toni Servillo defies expectations playing two roles, imbuing each character with brilliant nuance and astonishing attention to detail. In the first, he personifies political failure in the role of the disgraced ideologue and party leader, Enrico Oliveri. In the second, he embodies the shrewd genius of a madman as Oliveri's unhinged twin brother who seizes control of the nation amidst the void of his brother's disappearance. (c) Distrib
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NR
Genre:
Drama
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In Theaters:
 limited
Box Office:
$33,968.00
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Cast

Toni Servillo
as Enrico Oliveri/Giovanni Ernani
Valerio Mastandrea
as Andrea Bottini
Andrea Renzi
as De Bellis
Brice Fournier
as Bertrand
Lucia Mascino
as Contestatrice
Saskia Vester
as Cancelliera
Stella Kent
as Hélène
Renato Scarpa
as Arrighi
Anna Bonaiuto
as Evelina Pileggi
Federico Torre
as Portiere
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Critic Reviews for Viva la libertà

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (6)

Servillo charms in his dual turn, then takes it up a notch when one brother shows off his childhood knack for impersonating his look-alike.

Full Review… | January 12, 2015
Chicago Sun-Times
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An ingenious blend of high drama and surprising whimsy.

January 1, 2015
Seattle Times
Top Critic

This here is a slightly sweet, slightly sour tale of brotherly love. Emphasis on 'slight.'

Full Review… | December 31, 2014
San Diego Reader
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[A] stuck-in-neutral feature, which combines a vague commentary on Italian politics with a vague portrayal of middle-aged awakening.

Full Review… | November 26, 2014
Los Angeles Times
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Wobbles between being wispily suggestive of finer existential meaning and generational commentary, and being basically a handsomely dressed-up "Dave" for post-Berlusconi Italy.

Full Review… | November 6, 2014
New York Times
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Politicians-replaced-by-doppelgängers has long been a favorite comedy movie device - yet never has it been employed for more torturous faux-funny business than in Viva la Libertà.

Full Review… | November 4, 2014
Village Voice
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Audience Reviews for Viva la libertà

½

A movie that defies categories and leaves one thinking about lots: politics, identity, personality, love, siblings, mid-life crises ... all done with a light touch. Toni Servillo is excellent.

Paul Dalle-Molle
Paul Dalle-Molle
½

In "Viva la Liberta," Enrico(Toni Servillo) is in a bit of a rut lately. Not only are his poll numbers as leader of the left in Italy way down but to add insult to injury he also gets heckled at his own party congress. Desperately needing a timeout, he leaves without telling anyone and holes up with his old friend Danielle(Valeria Bruni Tedeschi) and her family in Paris. Andrea(Valerio Mastandrea), one of Enrico's aides, looks to Enrico's brother Giovanni(Toni Servillo), an intellectual who has just gotten out of a mental hospital, for clues on his brother's whereabouts. But what he gets instead is a headache when Giovanni talks to a journalist thinking he is Enrico which at the same time gives Andrea an idea. If "Viva la Liberta" had just stopped with Toni Servillo's tremendous dual performance and its plot about doppelgangers in politics, I would gladly understand the complaints about this movie's lack of originality. But luckily it does not stop there, as the movie is also interested in carefully exploring mental illness and the world of make believe, not only in the deception at the heart of the movie, but also the world of movies, as Enrico takes the time for once to consider an alternate path for him and his brother, along with maybe one for the left in Italy.

Walter M.
Walter M.

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