The film stars Toni Servillo, the sly, wry and roguish star of The Great Beauty, as Berlusconi. Servillo and Sorrentino clearly get the best out of each other, and the film is sure to be worth at the very least a look for what is sure to be another highly memorable performance.
‘Loro’ translates to ‘Them’ but is also a pun, ‘l’oro’ in Italian or ‘the gold’ in English. Sex, money, power, prostitution, drugs, hedonism firing on all cylinders: this is a world at least somewhat familiar to viewers witnessing Sorrentino’s decadent vision of contemporary Rome in The Great Beauty, where Servillo played a world-weary journalist. With Berlusconi’s lifestyle known and reviled both in Italy and across the world, this is sure to blow it out of the water.
Whether or not Sorrentino will fall prey to the Wolf of Wall Street style of portraying hedonism a little too extremely and uncritically, for some viewers at least, remains to be seen.
A nota bene to viewers: the film, released in Italy as two separate films or ‘acts’ within a couple of weeks of each other, clocks in at close to three-and-a-half hours together, with an alternative 145-minute cut used for US release when it was entered for the Toronto film festival and for Oscars eligibility. It is not yet clear whether the UK will get the mammoth 2-part cut or a condensed version, but a release date is set for April 19.
|What||Loro: Paolo Sorrentino and Toni Servillo reunite for Berlusconi epic|
19 Apr 19 – 19 Apr 20, Times Vary
|Price||£determined by cinemas|
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