Critic Reviews for L'intrepido
Whether director Gianni Amelio is aiming for emotional effect or social commentary, his fuzzy detours into melodrama land well off the mark.
After a more-or-less ten-year absence from Italy and its concerns, Amelio has returned to reflect on the damage caused by the repeated concussions of the Berlusconi era.
Digressions involving suicide, child abuse, immigration and unions muddy the film's meaning rather than illuminate it.
L'intrepido reveals the same strengths and weaknesses as his work two decades ago-an appealing sincerity and social awareness, dogged by a mile-wide sentimental streak.
If fuzzy thematic thrust doesn't bug you ... the essence of Albanese as a shrugging everyman for post-debt-crisis Europe may be its own reward.
The idea of an outwardly content Everyman acting as a temporary worker in hundreds of different jobs is an appealing one, yet Amelio can't sustain the concept, and characters meant to deepen themes wind up unsatisfactorily cluttering things up.
Audience Reviews for L'intrepido
One of a marvellous crop of Italian films issuing over the last year or so, in which the Italian instinct, nous and knowledge of the human being are woven beautifully into stories of poignancy, realism and humour. Even when life is terrible. And amidst the dreadful harshness of modern, big cities, individual people lead heroic lives. This film is about leaving your assumptions behind and being open. Reminiscent of Being There, it is also like an achingly beautiful renaissance canvas of both suffering and enlightenment. If only the powers that run this world were more like this compassionate, fearless, intelligent man.
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