Glenn’s Pick – Glenn Webb, Director of Programs –
Even if recent political affairs seem like a circus side-show, it helps when seen from the distance of another country on another continent. The wild spectacle of affluence and power that Berlusconi brought to the forefront of public awareness is so crazy that only Paolo Sorrentino could do it justice. LORO
was made in two long episodes for Italian TV, but has been combined and trimmed down for American audiences. For people who want their leaders to be larger-than-life, one can see how this could happen, but of course, it could never happen here. Just a warning, there is a bit of sex and drugs in this movie, but there is also a thoughtful depiction of how desire, fame, power, and money become a collective obsession, and in this case, the aesthetics are stunning.