The Deity (Il Divo)

The Deity (Il Divo)

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Ninety-year-old Giulio Andreotti is synonymous with Italian politics. 2009 marks his uninterrupted 63rd year as a parliamentarian! Though less of a topical figure in Italy than current prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, Andreotti is even more deeply branded on the nation's consciousness.

Award-winning film maker Paolo Sorrentino's (The Consequences of Love) original and witty political opera tries to anatomise the character and explain the longevity of a man who has been Prime Minister three times and emerged unscathed from no less than 26 separate court cases on charges that include corruption and Mafia involvement. The film’s focal point is Toni Servillo's delicious take on Andreotti, grotesque and subtly powerful at the same time. More

Winner of the Jury Prize at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, and seven 2009 David di Donatello awards. (Source: Italian Film Festival)

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2008Rating: R16, contains violence113 minsItalyItalian with English subtitles
Drama

The Deity (Il Divo) | Reviews

Variety

Variety

An intensely political film so wildly inventive and witty that it will become a touchstone for years to come.

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Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

If the director never quite gets to the heart of the man, that's part of his point: Andreotti emerges from the film as a collection of fragments.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

Sorrentino's directorial flourishes are at least partly to blame for the lack of clarity; his ornate setpieces are frequently dazzling, but as they pile up over two hours, they wind up distracting as often as they illuminate.

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New York Post

New York Post

Director Paolo Sorrentino's knockout drama Il Divo concentrates on Andreotti's final government (1991-92) and subsequent legal battles.

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The New Yorker

The New Yorker

Consume with great caution, and with joy.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Simultaneously exhilarating and confounding, dazzling and confusing...

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San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

Il Divo is best appreciated as the bizarre character study of an essentially unlovable man who somehow became one of his country's most successful leaders.

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Boston Globe

Boston Globe

A grim portrait of the trouble with modern Italy.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

After I saw Il Divo, I suppose I should have felt indignation. I suppose I should also have felt that way after "The Godfather." But such films present such mesmerizing figures that I simply regard them, astonished.

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