Arrivederci amore, ciao
Director: Michele Soavi
This is a very very dark Crime movie directed by Michele Soavi
, who has been assistant of Dario Argento
as a second unit director in many movies of the italian master of horror.
has mainly done TV movies since a few years, this is is first release in theaters since his cult horror movie Dellamorte Dellamore
in 1994. More than 10 years to wait for a new movie !
Now this is a different genre, no more horror but a Crime Thriller following what could be a rebirth of this once brilliant type of italien movies in the 70s, we have seen recently another great italian Crime story Romanzo Criminale
by Michele Placido
The movie is a portrait, the portrait of Giorgio Pellegrini
. A man about which we ll learn very few about the real motives but a lot about moral monstruosity. He is played by the handsome Alessio Boni
, perfect in this cold blooded killer.
we know where he comes from : a rather middle-class background who seemed to have been idealistic in his teenage years, and that made him involved in a far-left extremist group and a serie of bombings in Italy in the 80s.
We also know where he went : in latin america, partly to take part to polititical guerrillas, partly to escape Italy where he has been sentenced to a very heavy jail sentence because of the bombings he took part in.
Finally we know what he is nowadays : he has a more than 30 years old and the latin american guerrilla he fights for is dissolved (but it seems it has been dissolved several years ago actually as it is rather a mafia type organization) and he has taken contacts to get back in Italy and get a rehabilitation.
We understand that everything is not that normal with him : before getting back to Europe the guerrilla has given him a last mission, killing a friend of him, also an Italian who escaped prison sentences because of terrorism. He does it without showing the slightest form of emotion.
The movie then depicts a very corrupted Italy, where rehabilitation for former leftist terrorist is obtained thanks to contacts with corrupted judges, rotten police officers and ambitious politicians.
Thanks to the action of these people, the process is on its way. Now a new challenge awaits Pellegrini : all the people he knew in Europe when he was young are now well established, drive fancy cars, own beautiful flats and houses and show all the exterior signs of respectability. Strange for former leftist idealists - they even seem for most of them to have at least contacts in organized crime, if they are not part of it. Pellegrini seems to suffer of his status : he has nothing for ownings, except the feeling to have missed his life.
Now in the same time than he gets rehabilitation, he acts in order to catch up with the time lost in pseudo romantic revolutions abroad. He want to gather enough money to live correctly in the society he has chosen : the night club universe of Italy. But is it really his purpose ? He acts mechanically to gain rehabilitation, following advice step by step to do the things that will influence the judges in a good way. His real motives remain obscure. Does he even know them ?
Behind the stage, he becomes part of organized crime, making an ultra violent duo with a corrupted cop Anneda
played by Michele Placido
Pellegrini is angry with the spectacle of his former comrades that are now so well established, we have the feeling of a kind of revolt in him and a will to punish. Because Pellegrini is violent, irrationnaly - or on the contrary ultra rational ? - violent. He kills in cold blood anyone who is useless or a threat to his rehabilitation. But he seems as well to be avenging himself, the lost years, the treachery of ideals. He gets rich thanks to peolple he sytematically kills when he doesn't need them anymore.
It is pure coldness, or does he just thrills and loves being a monster ? It is calculation, improvisation ? He never shows, has never a moment of weakness, of humanity.
He meets a young girl, Roberta
, played masterfully by Alina Nadelea
eager at creating a home and a family, based on very simple traditionnal ideas. She looks at him, now owner of a little restaurant, with an admiration without limits. On the outside, he is the perfect catholic husband she deams of. Entrepreneur, young, sportive, rich. She is just a little worried about rumors about his past as a leftist terrorist, but he is now quiet and getting rehabilitation, right. For him, a wedding with a girl with such a background is a perfect step towards rehabilitation.
seems to be touched by the young girl's innocence. Is he on the way to redemption or will she only calm down the rage that seems to inhabit him ?
In the musical background comes regularly a romantic italian song,
Arrivederci amore, ciao
who strongly contrasts with the extreme violence of the plot. Is is quite a great choice, bringing irony and a little of disgust to the viewer.
The movie is based on a story by Massimo Carlotto
, a former member of the radical intellectual activist group Lotta continua
and depicts an italian society sunk into crime and treachery, in the ruins of former ideals, but building a very satisfactory appearance of middle-class respectality and ideals. It is really in the tradition of italian political movies from the 70s and some spaghetti westerns with poltical backgrounds.
But it is so dark, so violent. The author of the novel seems even ironic about himself as he introduces a writer who is a former member of a political activists group, now living comfortably in Paris with a large mediatic audience, while he has contacts in the mafia and organize crime in Italy (it is probably as well an allusion to the writer of police novels Cesare Battisti
This movie is incredibly dark, tense, great from the first second to the end. It is one the most violent portraits of a killer I have seen, and the main character is one of the most despicable you ll meet in a movie. Dark is dark.
Really worth to be seen I give it a 6
/6 because it is a radical movie and I don t feel like putting a tempered mark