Lamerica (1995) - Rotten Tomatoes


Lamerica (1995)




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An opportunistic Italian swindler heads to Albania and finds himself involved with the life of an impoverished local in this somber political drama. Gino (Enrico Lo Verso) and his partner in crime Fiore (Michele Placido) come to Albania with a money-making scheme designed to capitalize on the surrounding political chaos. For the con to work, however, they need an easily exploitable native Albanian, and they recruit Spiro (Carmelo Di Mazzarelli). Easily confused and utterly impoverished, this elderly former political prisoner seems the perfect choice, until he unexpectedly disappears. Gino is assigned to find him, setting out on a journey that leads him to discover Spiro's tragic personal history and become intimately acquainted with the full extent of Albanian poverty.


Elida Janushi
as Selimi's Cousin
Sefer Pema
as Prison Warden
Nikolin Elezi
as Boy Who Dies
Besim Kurti
as Policeman
Esmerald Ara
as Little Girl
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Critic Reviews for Lamerica

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3)

It's built on deceit but evolves into something more complex--a shared yearning that links the Italian past to the Italian present. Amelio's eloquent but unsentimental humanism asks us to reconsider our relationship to the wretched of the earth.

February 22, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The film's intention is to put a human face on a complex situation, and while this is successful, it is the depth of the film's characters that draws the audience's empathy.

September 17, 2004 | Full Review…

A mesmerizing film that will soften your heart towards the plight of refugees all over the world.

February 28, 2002 | Full Review…

Chocked full of universal messages the director feels impelled to get across.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Lamerica

This film is incredible, to say the least. From start to finish, the film has an energy that continually draws the audience into the characters and forces them to see their point of view. Phenomenal visuals.

Jason 123 D
Jason 123 D

Super Reviewer


toccante viaggio per le strade del tempo che ha distrutto la fugace memoria del popolo. Ma, la lontana sperenza non mostra nessun segno de morte.

Pierluigi Puccini
Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer


There's nothing wrong with it and it's a nice little story, but there's nothing memorable about it. Maybe I just couldn't connect with the subject matter.

Brandon Klaus
Brandon Klaus

Super Reviewer

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