Sunday, February 01, 2015

Human Capital

    This is an interesting new Italian drama that charts a collision of classes from different perspectives. A traffic accident late at night involving a motorist and a cyclist sets things in motion.

     The story is broken into chapters that present events from the perspective of Dino, a middle-class Realtor, his daughter Serena, and Carla, the wife of a rich businessman. Carla's son Massi is dating Serena and when her father drops her off at Massi's palatial estate their lives become entwined in unforeseen ways.

     Changing perspectives is an intriguing plot device that has been used before in many films dating back to Rashomon. The drama unfolds like a mystery with more elements revealed in each chapter. The acting is good, particularly Valeria Bruni Tedeschi as Carla and Fabrizio Bentivogolio as Dino.

       It's a nice change of pace from the usual Hollywood winter "deadwood" this time of year.

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