111 min - Drama

"Il capitale umano" (original title)

Review: Matt Mungle

A strong focused script and polished performances make Human Capital a stand out flick. This Italian/French film with English subtitles weaves an energetic, mind engaging story full of tension, passion, and dramatic reverberation. The story feels like a powerful soap opera. One group of characters are pretty, rich, and alluring. The other group want to be them or be with with them. There is a lot of money being won and lost and you never know which player is going to come out on top and which is going to crumble under the pressure.

Giovanni (Fabrizio Gifuni) and Carla (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi) Bernaschi have it all. Wealth, power, and the envy of others. Their son Massimiliano (Guglielmo Pinelli) is dating the daughter of a real-estate broker (Fabrizio Bentivoglio) who wants a piece of the good life. When he invests a large sum of money with Giovanni he thinks he is on the road to riches but circumstance soon prove otherwise. All of this comes to a climax when a cyclist is struck by a car late at night.

The movie takes place in few days span and is retold from each characters perspective. As the movie goes back and follows a different character you get a few more pieces of the puzzle. This often can feel repetitious and contrived but Paolo Virzì (Director) does a decent job of moving things along and editing out any dead spots. What is left is a well crafted drama that keeps you engaged until the end.

If the films suffers from anything it is an overabundance of plot. There are a lot of things happening in the film and each character has areas of heir life that is a struggle. A few times you may feel like there are too many balls in the air and they will crash down in a pile of confusion. But for the most part they stay in sync.

HUMAN CAPITAL is unrated but intended for mature audiences. It includes graphic language, violence, nudity and sexual content. It is also worth mentioning that since the film has English subtitles and there is a lot of dialouge; you often feel like you are reading more than watching. This can take you our of the moment more than some foreign films. That said it is a worthy offering and one worth a lot going for it. I give it 3.75 out of 5 tennis matches. Will do well with the art house crowd.

 


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