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
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.