Paolo Sorrentino – This Must Be the Place (2011)

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Plot / Synopsis
50 year old, retired goth rocker Cheyenne travels from London to New York to visit his dying father, and journeys across the United States on a mission to seek revenge against the elusive, ex-Nazi war criminal who persecuted him in Auschwitz. Despondent after two of his young fans commit suicide, Cheyenne retreats to his Dublin mansion and begins living off of his royalties alongside his down-to-earth wife Jane. Later, Cheyenne receives word that his father is dying in New York City. Though they haven’t spoken in 30 years, Cheyenne boards the first available flight to bid his father farewell. Unfortunately, Cheyenne is too late. Upon reconnecting with his cousin Richard, however, the morose musician learns that his father, a Holocaust survivor, had been tracking Auschwitz guard Aloise Lange (Heinz Lieven) around America for decades. Now filled with ennui yet determined not to let Lange escape unpunished, Cheyenne vows to pick up the mission where his father left off.
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Paolo Sorrentino – Youth (2015)

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A retired orchestra conductor is on holiday with his daughter and his film director best friend in the Alps when he receives an invitation from Queen Elizabeth II to perform for Prince Philip’s birthday.

Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

Paolo Sorrentino’s new movie set in a Swiss sanatorium is a diverting, minor work, tweaked up with funny ideas and images and visually as stylish as ever. There are brilliant flourishes here that could only have come from Sorrentino: superb swooping camera moves, grotesque faces and angular perspectives, and it always watchable. But it’s beset with Sorrentino’s occasional fanboy weakness for pop-star cameos — Paloma Faith appears here, playing herself and not earning her keep. Continue reading

Paolo Sorrentino – La grande bellezza AKA The Great Beauty (2013)

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Synopsis
The story of an aging writer who bitterly recollects his passionate, lost youth. A portrait of today’s Rome.
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Reviews
Rome in all its splendor and superficiality, artifice and significance, becomes an enormous banquet too rich to digest in one sitting in Paolo Sorrentino’s densely packed, often astonishing “The Great Beauty.” A tribute to, and castigation of, the city whose magnificence has famously entrapped its residents in existential crises, the pic follows a stalled author gradually awakening from the slumber of intellectual paralysis. Very much Sorrentino’s modern take on the themes of Fellini’s “La dolce vita,” emphasizing the emptiness of society amusements, “Great Beauty” will surprise, perplex and bewitch highbrow audiences yearning for big cinematic feasts…
Jay Weissberg, Variety
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Paolo Sorrentino – Le conseguenze dell’amore AKA The Consequences of Love (2004)

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“In the style of director Paolo Sorrentino’s film, the plot will have to remain in the dark – it unfolds itself with such elegance that it would be a crime to give anything away. Even the genre remains a mystery for almost an hour – and then plays out with a brilliant flair for the unexpected.”
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