2016/09/14

Palatable: Gomorrah

Gomorrah (2008)
Directed by Matteo Garrone
Written by Roberto Saviano, Maurizio Braucci, Ugo Chiti, Gianni Di Gregorio, Matteo Garrone, Massimo Gaudioso, Roberto Saviano
Produced by Domenico Procacci, Laura Paolucci
Starring Salvatore Abbruzzese, Toni Servillo, Salvatore Cantalupo, Simone Sacchettino, Ciro Petrone, Marco Macor, Gianfelice Imparato, Vincenzo Fabricino
Iniquities reverberate throughout Neapolitan quarries, littorals and rookeries in this categorically unromantic adaptation of Saviano's sedulously researched Camorran crime novel, embodying five stories concerning an aging bursar (Imparato) whose peripatetic remitments expose him to escalating peril during a gang war, a teenage grocery boy (Abbruzzese) whose want for induction to a crime family similarly endangers him, the marginalization that compels an expert tailor (Cantalupo) who designs indistinguishable postiches of haute couture to surreptitiously instruct Chinese laborers for a considerable fee and heretofore unyielded appreciation of his talent, a seemingly legitimate service managed by a mob insider (Servillo) who negotiates bottom rates with manufacturing firms to dispose of their toxic waste in spent quarries and other excavations, and the violent petty thefts committed by a pair of susceptible yet audacious street punks (Macor, Petrone) in the territory of a mob boss (Carlo Del Sorbo) whose patience for their recurring and asinine effrontery is ultimately exhausted. Fine photography shot on location and portrayals of naturalistic excellence maximize the realism of felonious enterprise depicted and all its collateral calamities, to the exhilaration of which its youngest participants are addicted and by which its eldest are either irked or terrorized. Saviano and Garrone have redirected the popular focus regarding organized crime from cause to consequence, patefying a mortal toll viciously extorted in squalid Scampia as a wage horribly paid for the contamination of its blood, soil and souls.

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