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9/10
Politics is Entertainment Now
Raven-19699 November 2018
Politics is entertainment now. Just one long performance. Witness Silvio Berlusconi who foreshadows the rise of Trump (the two are remarkably similar). Loro satirizes Berlusconi as he starts to lose his grip on power about ten years ago. Under Berlusconi the route to influence and authority is not through enlightenment or better ways of doing business, but trafficking young women, reality shows, lavish parties, yachts and cocaine.

Loro doesn't just take a dim view of Berlusconi, it provides a realistic portrayal of the man. We see the charming salesman who understands human nature and capitalizes on this knowledge. Truth is in tone of voice. "I don't know," says Berlusconi "I understand." Toni Servillo's brilliant performance as Berlusconi heightens this effect. The average Italian, Berlusconi maintains, has the intelligence of second grader. Altruism is the best way to be selfish, for in this way he appears to be good. The ultimate judgement is left to Berlusconi's wife Veronica. "You had the opportunity to help Italy and its people," she says "but you helped yourself instead."

Besides Veronica, there are intriguing portraits of other characters in Berlusconi's orbit. One of them is a very successful, intelligent and beguiling escort. "Girls like me," she says "are stupid when we dream."

Loro provides a fascinating, raw, imaginative and frightening look into the realities of modern politics from the uniquely in-your-face Italian vantage point. It is as wacky as it is cerebral. The film is fast paced and jarring in a good way. Seat shaking base music, rapid dialogue, incredible island villas, stylish clothes, impressive machinery and eye-popping nudity kept me on the edge of my seat. Loro is disjointed at times because there is so much going on, but the general effect is pleasing. The ending of the film is totally unique and perfect for the subject matter; what is important hopefully survives the disaster of modern politics. Knowledge and interest in Italian politics is recommended. Seen at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival.
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4/10
Decreases in quality in the second half
Horst_In_Translation12 December 2018
Warning: Spoilers
Okay here we have the second half of "Loro" the newest collaboration between director Sorrentino and lead actor Servillo and as their latest effort before that won Italy an Oscar, it is pretty accurate to be curious about what they came up with next. But I must say here again that I saw Loro 1 and Loro 2 together as a 2.5-hour film because this is the only version that showed here, so I took a look where the first half officially ends and the second half begins. I personally preferred the first half I must say, but still ai m glad Servillo plays the main part here because he still elevates the material, even if definitely not as much as he did in The Great Beauty where he basically is the film on many occasions. Now back to this one here, the key difference between parts 1 and 2 is that there is major focus on another character in the first half, while the second half is all Berlusconi/Servillo. Yeah, I already said Berlusconi despite knowing that he is always only called Silvio, but the references are really obvious. This one here is far more political as it deals with Berlusconi's tricks to get back to power in Italy and also about his doubts if he still has it. There is one scene when he randomly calls a lady from the phone book and convinces her to rent an apartment she has never seen before. His ego is crucial from start to finish, not just in this second part, that much is safe. He wants all he cannot have. The best example is the scene with the young woman who was a bit of an unusual beauty and did not fit in with all the girls wearing heavy make-up and looking as fake as it gets. And what happens when she rejects him because she is 50 years younger and because he smells because of his fake teeth as he admits later on. There is also a lot between him and his wife here, so romance (I don't want to call it love) plays a crucial role here. I think this second part may be slightly inferior as a whole, but it perhaps has the more memorable scenes ans at least we don't see any sheep collapse dead this time around. Okay what else can I say about this one? Oh right, the earthquake references for sure, those add at least a slight amount of emotion into a film that is otherwise as pompous as it is cold., But that is not necessarily a negative criticism because really how can you make a film emotional and touching that is about a man who is all about make-believe and whose quest for wealth and power basically destroyed every sense of longing inside of him, at least most of the time. When it comes thoguh, it is sometimes pretty powerful, even if he would never admit it to anybody. The fact that it haunts him how he got rejected by the young girl is very telling. Or these hilarious fame volcano eruption references that almost had something comical. Nothing is real but the girl. The more I think about the film, the more I am beginning to like it, so a bit of a pity I did not enjoy Loro 2 right when I watched it and as I have zero intention to give this one another go, I must still give this second half a thumbs-down and it was a wise choice for Italy to pick Dogman as their Oscar submission this year. Still, go watch the first half of Loro and deccide for yourself then if you want to keep going, but don't expect greatness or improvement whatsoever afterwards.
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1/10
such a pity the reviews do not go under 300
alex-780-65314320 September 2018
What a waste of time, film, money, effort. An absolute meaningless movie, a tribute to someone who did not give a damn about Italy. But then again, and to my own protection: This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents either are products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental. Duh.
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