Empire (UK) - - CINEMA - Dp

★★★★ OUT 19 oc­to­ber / CERT 15 / 103 mins di­rec­tor Mat­teo Gar­rone cast Mar­cello Fonte, Edoardo Pesce, Al­ida Bal­dari Cal­abria, Nun­zia Schi­ano

THERE’S NOWHERE BLEAKER than the sea­side when the fun stops, and it looks a while since any­one en­joyed them­selves in the run­down set­ting for Mat­teo Gar­rone’s bru­tally sad saga. Mar­cello (Fonte) is con­tent enough run­ning a dog-grooming par­lour and scuba div­ing with his young daugh­ter. Yet he can’t re­sist deal­ing coke and, af­ter do­ing a year be­hind bars for a crime neigh­bour­hood thug Si­mon­cino (Pesce) com­mit­ted, re­turns to take re­venge. Fonte’s trans­for­ma­tion into a piti­less avenger isn’t en­tirely con­vinc­ing, but he and Pesce make a hideously grotesque dou­ble act and, con­se­quently, this re­mains a sav­agely com­pelling study of trust, hon­our and folly.

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