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Gomorrah

Directed by Matteo Garrone (DISCOUNT VIDEO DISTRIBUTION)

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This film follows five lives knotted up in the power-dynamics and displays of power put on by the Camorra, the mafia in contemporary Naples. As with Traffic, The Departed (Martin Scorcese executive produced Gomorrah) and City of God, the individual stories range from the little guy to the big players. The lives of the main characters differ in detail (what they do for a living), they together become walking-talking reminders that retribution and justice are meted out unevenly, unfairly; a worn-out theme, especially in gang films. Consequently, viewers retain visual elements, such as the aged high-rise apartment blocks, the humid light, the cameras' darting-eye movement (cutting away just as the bullet shatters the skull and the blood spatter begins its outward journey) as the factions go to war. Those are flashes, instants, of memory, but they fade in time.

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