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December 23, 2015
Toni Servillo's performance is excellent in characterizing each of the two twin brothers. It makes this film a good political satire.
½ May 28, 2015
The oddball premise somehow works under the sublime control of Toni Servillo, and sparkling wit of the script. A worthy political satire. 7/10.
½ January 18, 2015
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½ December 9, 2014
Hey...I liked it - interesting plot, but stunning backdrops in Rome, Paris and some French county estate. Plus, Toni is great playing the brothers Karamazov...PJS
Harlequin68
Super Reviewer
½ November 16, 2014
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.
½ October 26, 2014
Viva la libertad [2014]
May 2, 2014
So funny, so sad. The perfect politician is a fool acting logically. Wonderful Servillo in double role!
March 10, 2014
The only thing possibly better than seeing one Toni Servillo (the star of Paolo Sorrentino's recent Oscar winner The Great Beauty) is being treated to a film with two of them. And in the rich tradition of mistaken identity comedies stretching back to Chaplin's Great Dictator, that's exactly what we get in Viva La LibertÓ. Servillo stars as Enrico Oliveri, the besieged leader of the Italian opposition who is down in the polls and losing all respect from inside the party. Under mounting pressure he secretly flees to France to recuperate at the home of a former lover and (unfortunately for him) her husband and daughter. Meanwhile in Rome, Enrico's aide Andrea (Valerio Mastandrea) is frantically trying to find the Senator when he stumbles across his twin brother Giovanni (also Servillo), a lively beaming philosopher and the very definition of 'away with the fairies'. Out of desperation, and with a somewhat cavalier attitude to national politics, he enlists his help in replacing his absent brother. What seems like a dreadful idea becomes a roaring success, with Giovanni able to freely speak his mind and philosophise with an honesty and heart the public instantly respect. As he climbs in the polls, Enrico remains isolated in Paris taking on manual work and quietly reassessing his life.

Over a pleasantly paced 90-odd minutes, the lighthearted story neatly unfolds and is never less than entertaining. Occasionally dipping into the farcical, overall it's more of a gently playful drama that studies Enrico and Giovanni on a broadly personal level. Although set in the notoriously shady world of Italian politics this is far from a hardline assassination of the state of the nation and more of a subtle dig at their - and indeed all - failing democratic systems. The triumph of Giovanni's philosophical passion and sense of beauty is a heartening thing to behold - and possibly the most outlandish thing in Viva La LibertÓ. Seeing the whimsical madman stand up and dare to have an opinion in the way politicians are terrified of is the film's real charm.

It's not quite as successful at getting under the skin of the brothers, feeling perhaps a little too engineered, relying on the wistful melancholy of Servillo's Enrico to hint at greater depth. Nevertheless the surface jaunt through their lives is handled with an astute sharp focus and buoyancy every bit as enticing and passingly provocative as you'd hope. Ultimately though this is a film about Tony Servillo (both of them) and two remarkably diverse performances which capture the personalities of the wildly different men in the minutiae of mannerism and speech. Even with their backs turned you're able to get enough sense of their character to tell them apart. He is absolutely sensational, setting the film's tone and leading it with a magnetic two-faced presence. To extend the chance of seeing him go to work with such spirit and verve, Viva La LibertÓ deserves to land a wider release.
½ February 27, 2014
Un altro bel film che per˛ poteva essere molto di pi¨. In alcuni punti si ingabola con questi intrecci amorosi a distanza (temporale e spaziale) col fratello, e lascia troppo poco spazio al discorso principale che il film accenna non in maniera superficiale ma nemmeno preponderante.
December 5, 2013
Moderno, serio e al tempo stesso comico. Un capolavoro tutto da gustare con un Toni Servillo sempre pi¨ straordinario.
November 9, 2013
Great acting, no action.
½ October 21, 2013
Although this tale of a leading politician disappearing and being replaced by his double (his twin, recently released from an asylum) is well trodden territory, a good script is brought to life by the outstanding Toni Servillo and a good support cast, making for a thorughly entertaining and sometimes biting comment on contemporary Italian politics.
September 21, 2013
The movie is funny and brilliant in the early stages, but later it wants to mix this surreal political history with family's vicissitudes, falsely dramatic, which are uninteresting and a little bit boring. Excellent acting by Servillo, good Mastandrea, while the other actors, as often happens among the Italians, it seems they are doing theater rather than cinema. Overall, quite original.
LB
September 8, 2013
The movie is funny and brilliant in the early stages, but later it wants to mix this surreal political history with family's vicissitudes, falsely dramatic, which are uninteresting and a little bit boring. Excellent acting by Servillo, good Mastandrea, while the other actors, as often happens among the Italians, it seems they are doing theater rather than cinema. Overall, quite original.
½ September 6, 2013
Great film,great Servillo and Mastandrea like sparring - partner...film very original and with fantastic moments...a commedy very good
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