Matteo Garrone's 'Gomorrah ' from Italy

‘Gomorrah’ – The real Italian mob on Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Sundance Now

The signature image of Gomorrah (Italy, 2008), Matteo Garrone’s adaptation of Robert Saviano’s book about the dominance of organized crime in Naples and Caserta, is a pair of teenage boys running around a deserted beach in their underwear while shooting off automatic weapons. That’s as much glamour as you can expect from this portrait of […]

Michelangelo Frammartino's 'Le Quattro Volte' is a meditation on the mysterious cycles of life

‘Le Quattro Volte’ on Amazon Prime Video

Michelangelo Frammartino’s contemplative Le Quattro Volte (2010) from Italy is a meditation on the mysterious cycles of life inspired by the “four-fold transmigration” of souls that Pythagoras proposed: the soul passes from human to animal to vegetable to, eventually, the eternal. It’s also a kind of stylized documentary of existence in this little mountain village […]