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|Originaltitel:||Il Capitale Umano|
|Laufzeit:||Approx. 110 min.|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
The appearance is perfect - but it deceives: when the young Serena (Matilde Gioli) starts a liaison with Massimiliano, the son of the wealthy and influential Bernaschis, all participants are animated by happiness. Giovanni (Fabrizio Gifuni) and Carla Bernaschi (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi) are extremely taken with the self-confident young woman. And her father Dino (Fabrizio Bentivoglio), a small real estate agent, sees the relationship as an opportunity to make new, important contacts for his financial future. But behind the façade it looks quite different. The relationship between Serena and Massimiliano is not what it seems. Carla is not the happy sunshine she gives to the outside world, but a bored woman with a longing for self-realization. And the financial security that Dino pretends to have in order to be able to enter into a lucrative deal with Giovanni does not exist either. The house of cards, built of lies, betrayal and greed, slowly begins to wobble before a tragic accident threatens to bring it to a complete collapse…
Director Paolo Virzi traces the events that lead to the accident and its consequences from three different angles. But "The sweet greed" not only changes the perspective from which the story is told several times. Also the sound changes again and again. The result is a bitter, cynical social satire that is sometimes relaxed and humorous and sometimes gloomy and tragic. Virzi manages very well to counteract the viewer's expectations over and over again, to steer the story in a new direction and also to give seemingly unimportant details an important meaning in retrospect. The result is a surprising, stirring and entertaining overall picture that long hides its true character under the façade of a seemingly unagitated and reserved production.
How evil the story of wealth and power actually is only really reveals itself after the final scene and the ensuing fade in, which also explains the original title ("Il Capitale Umano", i.e. human capital) very well. Even though numerous moments before that were strong, amusing or stirring in their own right, it's the overall picture that comes together at the end that really makes you think, which doesn't stop after the credits are over.
Garried by an absolutely convincing cast, "Die süsse Gier" offers profound entertainment for lovers of European arthouse cinema. Paolo Virzi shows perfectly that even sophisticated cinema can be presented in an easy way and that intelligently constructed stories with depth and entertainment do not necessarily have to exclude each other. A great pleasure, whose uncompromising ending is unfortunately a bit too close to reality for one to like. Not necessarily material for the multiplexes, but first-class program cinema food, for which there is a deserved "absolutely worth seeing"!
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