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Il Caimano (2006)



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Controversial Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berluscoi is just one of the targets of writer and director Nanni Moretti's satiric focus in this sharp comedy-drama. In the 1970's, Bruno (Silvio Orlando) was one of Italy's most daring and best-respected filmmakers, while his wife Paola (Margherita Buy) was a leading box-office star. However, come the new millennium, things are a whole lot different for Bruno -- Paola is divorcing him, his production company is on the verge of bankruptcy, and he can't get a new project off the ground. When Teresa (Jasmine Trinca), a young woman down on her luck, approaches Bruno with a script, he agrees to take on the project, even though he hasn't read it and doesn't know how he'll raise the money. Bruno discovers he's put himself in hot water when he reads the screenplay and discovers it's a frontal assault on Silvio Berluscoi that doesn't shy away from allegations of his connection to organized crime, tax evasion, bribery and influence peddling. While Italian firms won't dare touch the project, Bruno discovers a Polish financier (Jerzy Stuhr) who will put up the money, but under one condition -- Bruno has to persuade box-office idol Marco Pulici (Michele Placidio) to play Berluscoi. Il Caimano (aka The Caiman) received its North American premier at the 2006 Toronto Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi


Silvio Orlando
as Bruno Bonomo
Martina Iero
as Margherita
Giuliano Montaldo
as Franco Caspio
Tatti Sanguineti
as Peppe Savonese
Antonio Catania
as RAI Manager
Elio De Capotani
as The Caiman
Toni Bertorelli
as Journalist
Anna Bonaiuto
as Public Prosecutor
Stefano Rulli
as Court House President
Antonio Petrocelli
as The Caiman's Lawyer
Paolo DeVita
as Chaffeur
Paolo Virzì
as Maoist Leader
Paolo Sorrentino
as Aidra's Husband
Dario Cantarelli
as Food Critic
Antonello Grimaldi
as Production Manager
Lorenzo Alessandri
as Assistant Director
Giovanna Nicolai
as Costume Designer
Bruno Memoli
as Car Driver in Accident
Andrea Tidona
as Bank Manager
Sofia Vigliar
as Babysitter
Renato De Maria
as Teresa's Father
Linda Brunetta
as Teresa's Mother
Michele Placido
as Marco Pulici
Jerzy Stuhr
as Jerzy Sturovski
Nanni Moretti
as The Caiman
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Critic Reviews for Il Caimano

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (7)

[Director Moretti] wraps his political agenda with an affecting story about a fading filmmaker whose dreams and beliefs aren't weathering the storms of middle age. If the politics don't get you, the life empathy will.

June 15, 2007 | Rating: 3/4

Some moments amuse but one's left wishing that Moretti had ditched his film-within-a-film framework and made either a documentary or a domestic drama.

April 7, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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Muddled and messy anti-Berlusconi satire now looks even more exasperating than when I first saw it.

April 7, 2007 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

The political satire in this bitty drama can be lost on those residing outside of Italy.

April 6, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

It's uneven.

October 28, 2006 | Full Review…

A familiarity with the vagaries of Italian politics in the last 20 years is a help, but not a necessity, to appreciate this fascinating at times farcical blend of domestic drama and political rumination.

September 23, 2006 | Rating: 3/4
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Audience Reviews for Il Caimano

A comparison between two systems, the disastrous life of a film producer, and the calamitous course of a country ruled by a hypocrite and corrupt villain (which is not fiction at all, not only in italy). A satire about power and the odyssey of making a movie about it. funny and with charming performances, nevertheless, some parts of the screenplay and the character played by Jasmine Trinca are a bit weak, and I also think the life of the producer, superbly played by Silvio Orlando, was far more interesting than the political aspects that Nanni Moretti was anxious to denounce, as he did right at the end. but that would be another movie, of course.

Pierluigi Puccini
Pierluigi Puccini

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