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  • Summary: In Rome, at dawn, when everyone is sleeping, one man is awake. That man is Giulio Andreotti. He's awake because he has to work, write books, move in fashionable circles and, last but not least, pray. Calm, crafty and inscrutable, Andreotti is synonym of power in Italy for over four decades. At the beginning of the Nineties, this impassive yet insinuating, ambiguous yet reassuring figure appears set to assume his seventh mandate as Prime Minister without arrogance and without humility. Approaching seventy, Andreotti is a gerontocrat who, with all the attributes of God, is afraid of no one and does not know the meaning of awe, since he is accustomed to seeing it stamped on the faces of all his interlocutors. His satisfaction is muted, impalpable. For him, satisfaction is power, with which he has a symbiotic relationship. Power the way he likes it. Unwavering and immutable, from the outset. He emerges unscathed from everything: electoral battles, terrorist massacres, slanderous accusations. He is untouched by it all, unchanging. Until the strongest counter power in Italy, the Mafia, declares war on him. Then things change. Perhaps even for the enigmatic, immortal Andreotti. But the question is: do they really change or only appear to? We can be sure of one thing: it is difficult to tarnish Andreotti, the man who knows the ways of the world better than any of us. [Music Box Films] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Jay Weissberg
    An intensely political film so wildly inventive and witty that it will become a touchstone for years to come, Il Divo is a masterpiece for maverick helmer-scribe Paolo Sorrentino.
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Brunette
    The frequently outrageous Il Divo follows the career of one of the best-known and most tenacious figures in Italian political history in a lively, sensory-overload, cartoonlike fashion reminiscent of "Amelie" and "Moulin Rouge." The fact that it's often over-the-top goes with saying, and is part of the fun.
  3. 88
    The film proceeds like a black comedy version of "The Godfather," crossed with Oliver Stone’s "Nixon."
  4. 80
    Consume with great caution, and with joy.
  5. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    Il Divo plays like an elegantly ritualized black comedy.
  6. We see the tormented, limited and potentially dangerous man underneath.
  7. 67
    Through Sorrentino's lens, Andreotti's chief lieutenants are made to look like Reservoir Dogs, with Andreotti as a calm, tight-lipped, upper-crust analog to Lawrence Tierney.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. KentP
    Apr 25, 2009
    Great fun. Smashing editing, scoring and cinematography and an incredible performance from Servillo.
  2. Novak.G.
    May 17, 2009
    Brilliant, brave, modern, wise, elegant, even better from Gomorra!
  3. JoshB
    May 9, 2009
    The filmmaking is really very good, but it can be confusing and hard to follow sometimes if you're not familiar with Italian political history (which, no offense, you probably aren't). Expand
  4. DWilly
    May 3, 2009
    Now, maybe I was only as lost as your average Italian felt watching Oliver Stone's "Nixon" (no one should have to watch his "W."), but as far as I could tell "Il Divo" had no plot. Plot isn't everything, of course, and this movie does have style and sumptuousness for days, but come on, you gotta throw me a little human value of some kind, and not just this parade of caricatures (there was even a guy in an obvious fat suit). Like a fine Italian shoe with no soul. No thanks. Expand
  5. TwinklesM.
    Aug 24, 2009
    Sorrentino's glossy style seems totally inappropriate for such a purely political story, giving us endless zooms and stale Scorsese montages in place of character or insight or plot. After an hour of gazing at Toni Servillo's totally inexpressive face ; an endless stream of cryptic, gnomic remarks and a continuous stream of faceless bureacrats, maintaining interest in the 'story' becomes nigh impossible. Disappointing. Collapse
  6. johns
    Jun 7, 2009
    Unbelievably boring movie. i like artistic foreign films, i even like political dramas but this was a complete waist of time. there are literally 3 dozen obscure characters that one must follow and none of them are the least bit interesting. do yourself a favor and skip it. Expand