2018. Italy/France. 102 min. Italian. Subtitled.
Director: Matteo Garrone Featuring: Marcello Fonte, Edoardo Pesce, Nunzia Schiano, Adamo Dionisi, Francesco Acquaroli, Alida Baldari Calabria
Private, unassuming Marcello lives a quiet life of dog grooming in the small town of Magliana, Italy. He is content with his seemingly boring life when Simoncino, a former boxer, begins to wreak havoc on the usually peaceful neighborhood. The two establish an unusual, one-sided friendship, where Marcello is constantly exploited. As Marcello gets more involved in Simoncino’s schemes, he faces unforeseen consequences when Simoncino betrays him at the last minute. In order to regain the remnants of his dignity, Marcello must decide once and for all whether to submit or to rebel. This film was selected as Italy’s entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards.