Gomorrah

Gomorrah

DVD - 2009 | Italian
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Power, money and blood: these are the values that the residents of the province of Naples and Caserta confront every day. They have practically no choice, and are forced to obey the rules of the "system," the Camorra. Only a lucky few can even think of leading a "normal" life. Five stories are woven together in this violent scenario, set in a cruel world, and one that is deeply rooted in reality.

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TheeAvebury
Oct 26, 2017

Over the course of this sprawling mosaic about the world's most fearsome Mafia organization, the Neapolitan Camorra, [director] Garrone makes the business look like a beast of many tentacles, spreading misery and death to everyone it touches.

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Calvacade
Oct 25, 2017

Interesting film-the movie features five different storylines that are intertwined, almost to the point of becoming a montage. Each story features characters that are very genuine, with impeccable acting and writing. Despite the movie's pacing and structure, there are a number of fascinating and insightful scenes; it is especially notable for showing the Camorra's relationship between itself and the people around it, while maintaining a gritty realistic flavor. There is some bloody violence; it is neither overly glorified nor overly condemned, for like the movie as a whole it remains objective and unflinching. the cinematography is documentary-style, with lots of handheld movements, but there are never any shots that are overly chaotic.

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karmafarmer
Dec 10, 2016

Skip it and watch "City of God" 2002

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Hypatya
Sep 27, 2016

This is a tough movie to watch.

The realities of Italian mafia are presented as they are, no wonder the writer had to be protected by the police for making this movie!

At the beginning it may appear slow, but as the movie progresses the story unravels very artistically given the topic.

Everyone (except children) should watch this movie and see a different facet of an often-glamourized country.

PS You will need to turn the subtitles on; the spoken Napolitano of the streets will escape any Italian language knowledge you may have.

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Nursebob
Apr 12, 2015

The infamous Neapolitan crime syndicate, known collectively as the “Camorra”, is responsible for forty thousand murders over the last thirty years and has financial interests which reach clear across the globe. So reads a rapid-fire postscript at the end of Matteo Garrone’s bleak and angry opus (the title’s biblical play on words is more than appropriate). Set in and around Naples’ Scampia district—the Camorra’s epicentre of power—Garrone foregoes the usual shoot-em-up narrative of "The Godfather" and instead presents a series of parallel stories highlighting the realities of everyday life under mafia rule. Among his characters are a young boy who marks his adolescence by aiding in a friend’s murder; a lowly “money carrier” who believes he can serve his criminal overlords without being tainted by the bloodshed around him; a housewife and a tailor who have no idea how deeply the Camorra control their lives until they cross them; and a pair of violent simpletons whose dreams of leading the thug life, fuelled in large part by Hollywood scriptwriters, end in the usual way. With unembellished performances and a camera that never sits still for long Garrone offers very little in the way of explanation but instead throws us headfirst into the maelstrom leaving us to figure out what’s happening on our own. The result is a violent, bewildering, and often very sad collage of images and fractured storylines expertly linked together and given a dour irony with subtle religious references: a future killer sports a pair of cross-shaped earrings; a car crashes through a lot filled with statues of grieving saints following a high speed assassination. A deeply cynical film where everyone carries a price tag and the few conscientious objectors know when to shut up. Little wonder then that the author on whose book this movie is based is now under permanent police protection.

Froster Nov 29, 2014

Immediately one understands why Martin Scorsese "presents" this film. It is as thoroughgoing a deglamorization of the mafia as one is likely to see, and it is done in a trendily "affectless" documentary style. Perhaps Mr. Scorsese is feeling some remorse for his past efforts glorifying a bunch of venal thugs. However, the qualities that make this so satisfying to him, make it less so to the audience. Gomorrah is a portrait of a system and way of life, rather than the individuals in it. Those individuals really never stand out, and so, the film is less involving than it should be. These are faces and types--not characters. It never gets one going emotionally...and the best films about corruption (think Elia Kazan) generally do. It ranks a B, at best.

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jjd66
Apr 02, 2014

It actually has an option for subtitles from the set-up menu, but on the copy I had, when you select English Subtitles, it does not show subtitles. Weird....

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ceiligh
Nov 13, 2013

An excellent film. Great characterization and atmosphere.

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jimg2000
Oct 21, 2013

Want a different but brutal perspective of Italy and global economy? Based on RACHEL DONADIO's book Published: November 25, 2007 To the average tourist, or even the devoted Italophile, the Italy of Roberto Saviano’s “Gomorrah” is an utterly unrecognizable place. There is no Renaissance art, no leisurely lunches or bustling piazzas, no world-class design, no achingly beautiful landscapes. Instead, we find an alien land of doped-up child soldiers, gun-toting clan women, illegal Chinese immigrants, sweatshops, drug smuggling, garbage and cement. Complex crime story of modern Italy's underworld. (First saw this in Summer of 2012, got a bit better the 2nd viewing)

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Enderbuildsthefire
Jun 16, 2013

It says Italian, are there english subtitles?

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jimg2000
Oct 21, 2013

Campania has one of the highest murder rates in Europe, one of the world’s highest ratios of drug dealers to inhabitants, soaring levels of unemployment and cocaine addiction, and elevated cancer rates linked to toxic waste dumping. Since 1979, 3,600 people have died at the hands of the Camorra — more than have been killed by the Sicilian Mafia, the Irish Republican Army or the Basque group ETA. Just last month, the pope made a special visit to Naples to denounce the “deplorable” violence in the region, the result of continuing drug wars between rival clans. The dead do not leave this world peaceably. In “Gomorrah,” bodies are decapitated with circular saws, strangled slowly, drowned in mud, tossed down wells with live grenades, shot point blank near a statue of Padre Pio. A young priest who dared speak out is murdered and posthumously accused of cavorting with whores. Even after death, Saviano writes, “you are guilty until proven innocent.”

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Monolith
Mar 16, 2013

(Digging up buried guns in the woods that they stole from the Camorra) Ciro (Sweet Pea): "You're taking the wrong road. We'll never live to be adults." Marco: "Better to die young."

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Monolith
Mar 16, 2013

Closing Footnotes: "In Europe the Camorra has killed more people than any other criminal organization. Four thousand deaths in the last thirty years. One every three days. Scampia is the largest open-air drug market in the world. Daily sales per clan run about 500,000 euros. If clan managed toxic waste were piled up, it would reach 47,900 feet. Mount Everest is 29,000 feet high. Cancer rates have increased 20% in the poisoned areas. Profits from illegal activities are reinvested worldwide. The Camorra has invested in the reconstruction of the Twin Towers."

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