Roberto Ando's 'Viva La Liberta' is a beautifully shot political satire: the composition of the images in the film are truly exceptional. It stars Toni Servillo who plays a pair of twin brothers with impressive subtlety: one a burnt-out senior politician who vanished on an unannounced retreat, the other his mischievous twin brother who is drafted in to take his place. The latter uses the techniques of Cosimo di Medici, and rises to a peak of personal popularity through the use of gnomic speeches which allow everyone to project their own fears and desires onto him: he seems to be the first honest politician, even though his words have little underlying meaning. Ultimately the film didn't quite (to me) fully deliver on its premise: there is no single moment of dramatic resolution, and it's unclear whether the final message is actually anything stronger than " a change is as good as a rest". But it's worth watching for the quality of its cinematography and acting.
Long Live Freedom
Comedy / Drama
Long Live Freedom
Comedy / Drama
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In this chilling story about world politics, 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 Oliveris unhinged twin brother who seizes control of the nation amidst the void of his brothers disappearance. As the national election approaches, Enrico Oliveri has plummeted in the polls and his supporters and adversaries alike begin to acknowledge his impending downfall. Unwilling to face the failure of his party and his nation, Oliveri vanishes into the night. The party leadership tries to hedge for time by concealing Oliveris disappearance with a series of acrobatic sidesteps. In a desperate move, right hand man Andrea Bottini seeks out Oliveris look-alike twin brother, Giovanni Ernani, a prolific author and philosopher who is freshly released from an insane asylum. Slowly and steadily, Giovanni insinuates himself into his brothers public persona, impersonating Oliveris every tick and mannerism exquisitely yet slightly imperfectly. Giovanni quickly surpasses his brothers political prowess with an eerie talent for rallying the masses through fearless and heroic speeches. As Andò shifts between the failure of the sincere intellectual and the heroics of a madman, he probes the driving forces behind our contemporary global political reality leaving behind a rich web of questions in this unpredictable and provocative thriller.Il segretario del principale partito di opposizione, Enrico Oliveri, si abbandona alla nostalgia in seguito ad uno stato depressivo dovuto ai sondaggi sempre più sfavorevoli per il suo partito. Allinsaputa di sua moglie Anna e del suo stretto collaboratore Bottini, fugge una notte improvvisamente per raggiungere a Parigi la donna con la quale, 20 anni prima, aveva avuto una relazione, Danielle. Danielle è oggi una segretaria di edizione sposata al celebre regista cinese Mung con il quale ha una figlia dodicenne, Hélène. Nel frattempo in Italia Anna e Bottini cercano di risolvere la situazione ricorrendo al fratello gemello di Enrico, Ernani, professore di filosofia reduce da un lungo soggiorno in ospedale psichiatrico. Pur essendo fratelli gemelli apparentemente identici, i due uomini sono in realtà profondamente diversi. Ernani prende dunque il posto di Enrico: rilascia interviste, tiene discorsi in pubblico, presiede conferenze immettendo nella politica un vento rivoluzionario, è la creatività al potere, la poesia che lascia stupefatti gli avversari e fa sognare gli elettori. Sarà questo linizio di un misterioso passo a due in cui si intrecciano la vita pubblica e la vita privata di un uomo, ma anche quelle di due fratelli gemelli innamorati della stessa donna. Una partita a distanza la cui posta in gioco sono la verità e la falsità del potere.
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A modern Medici
Brilliant stuff. Quiet but riveting and hilarious
Viva la Liberta (2013)
Maybe I'm programmed to like this kind of scenario: a boring politician is replaced with someone who is idealistic and fun, and who tells it like it is. The American version of this is "Dave" which is a hoot. Now we have an Italian version, which is more subtle and poetic. Definitely worth seeing.
The genius here on screen is the actor Toni Servillo who plays both men, the senator and the slightly wacky twin brother who takes his place. It all happens so naturally, with one small twist after another. There are past loves and political foes that factor into both lives equally, to the point that you might not be sure who is who, and if there are in fact two people after all.
But then, that's the magic of how this comedy is made. It is full of laughs, but it's oddly brilliant and philosophical, too. It can be appreciated on a million levels, so just let it seep into your pores.
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In this movie there are certain minor nuances that you won't probably notice unless you are a well-read and informed Italian citizen. Forget about it: even if you don't have total knowledge of the scenario depicted, this won't stop you from enjoying this funny, surprising story (and furthermore, for all of us living outside the USA, it is not the same with every single baseball or football flick?).
The sky is the ceiling for the acting abilities of Mr. Toni Servillo, who plays the main role. The man is so good, it looks like he could be able to play all the roles in "War and Peace" by himself at the same time: and with good makeups and costumes, I bet he could. Most of the movie is constantly played around the closeups of his face: and it's a good idea, as this guy is able to switch personality just turning his head, or blinking his eyes. Even the other actors and actresses of the cast are very good, with a special mention for Valerio Mastandrea, whose character is the dazed and confused witness of the disaster he creates. The silent gazes he throws around while his world of relations is crumbling down reminded me more than one time the classic comedy of the great Totò.
So, I strongly suggest to go watch this movie to enjoy those great acting performances - no need to know anything about Italian politics: even because, to be honest, given the outcome of the 2013 elections, nobody here can tell for sure anymore where's the difference between reality and fantasy.