A dapper Toni Servillo plays Jep Gambardella, a 65-year-old Roman journalist and gadfly who parties to stave off despair. A jaded scribe with one great book under his belt, he now phones it in as a reluctant society writer. At 142 minutes, Beauty is both a beast and a feast. Director Paolo Sorrentino paints Rome as a sumptuous, awe-inspiring place, and like the best Italian filmmakers, he recognizes the juxtaposed gorgeousness and ridiculousness his homeland has to offer. Funny and sad, poignant and profound, elegant and elegiac, ambitious and ambiguous, this is one of the most utterly enjoyable movies I've seen in years.
Official Site: janusfilms.com/thegreatbeauty
Director: Paolo Sorrentino
Writer: Paolo Sorrentino
Producer: Nicola Giuliano and Francesca Cima
Cast: Toni Servillo, Carlo Verdone, Sabrina Ferilli, Carlo Buccirosso, Iaia Forte, Pamela Villoresi, Galatea Ranzi, Franco Graziosi, Giorgio Pasotti and Massimo Popolizio
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