|Loro - Silvio Berlusconi, his butterflies and the others|
Inspired by The Last Prosecco we still are on the Italian wave. It brought us to Silvio Berlusconi and his entourage – presented by Paolo Sorrentino’s latest film “Loro”. Now these are different pairs of shoes. On one hand the refined low-budget production, on the other one – the expensive and opulent Fellini 2.0 version.
Esthetics seem to be the main playground here while substance is on the retreat. Watching Sorrentino’s movie we see a hedonistic abyss of Berlusconi’s power game. We follow the career of Sergio, a small town smarty using girls to get access to “Lui”, to the eccentric prime minister who rewards such favors with golden butterfly necklaces. His clownish face appears as a tattoo in the very beginning of the film, in a sex scene.
Paolo Sorrentino paints lengthy pictures of designer drug infused nihilistic techno parties. There are however some scenes that stay in our memory for longer, e.g. Berlusconi in the butterfly glass house or him practicing his selling skills as a real estate agent. While we did not appreciate the “paper book Fellini” style we highly enjoyed the talent of Toni Servillo playing Berlusconi aged 70, shortly before his political come back.
The film ends surprisingly and we got the impression that the director just needed to finish his picture with a shadow of sense.
As you see this time our review is not enthusiastic but maybe riding our own Italian wave we expected too much. One visitor in our cinema hall fell asleep during “Loro”. Probably loosing one third of this long (150 minutes) film he got a better view.
Summa summarum 5/10
Director – Paolo Sorrentino
Writers – Paolo Sorrentino, Umberto Contarello
Music – Lele Marchitelli
Original title – Loro
Silvio Berlusconi – Toni Servillo
Veronica Lario – Elena Sofia Ricci
Sergio Morra – Riccardo Scamarcio
Kira – Kasia Smutniak