Marcello (Marcello Fonte) is an elfin, sweet-tempered dog groomer, who clearly has a deep affection for man’s best friend. To afford scuba-diving trips for his daughter, he also deals a little cocaine on the side, a neat arrangement until one of his friends and customers, Simone, a former boxer, forces Marcello into assisting in robbing a neighbor. Simone (Edoardo Pesce, reminiscent of DeNiro’s Jake LaMotta) is a short-tempered, dangerously impulsive thug, and he forever disrupts the fragile equilibrium of gentle Marcello’s life. In the manner of a classic Western, Marcello must ultimately take revenge. Writer-director Matteo Garrone returns to the impoverished, besieged small-town southern Italian atmosphere of Gomorrah, blending shocking violence with heart-melting tenderness. Fonte, a prison guard who Garrone discovered in a play, won the Cannes Best Actor award, demonstrating both his loving, nurturing side, and, when his honor is tested, a capacity for brutality.
Telluride at Dartmouth is a unique opportunity for the Dartmouth community to get a sneak peek at the latest international films—directly from Colorado for special advance screenings at the Hopkins Center.