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As God Commands

Italy, Italian, 103 mins

Original Title

Come Dio Comanda
  • Director: Gabriele Salvatores
  • Writer: Niccolò Ammaniti
  • Producer: Caterina D'Amico; Antonio Tacchia

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A Neo-Nazi, alcoholic father, his impressionable son...and, their friend, strangely named Quattro Formaggi - with learning difficulties...and, suffering from mental illness.

Unpleasant...to say the least.

The racism and homophobia is, as always, ever-worringly.

Quattro's sexual frustrations are a case in point for the whole care-in-the-community debate...

Good performances all round, especially from the young lead - however, the social worker...ridiculously aggressive and over-played.

It's cultural...but, clapping at a funeral is weird.

Despite the flaws - the social worker - there is an incredible story here...directed with a muted relish...displaying craft.

...and when Antony Hegarty sings...well, just watch it.

Impressive.


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The(ir) Blurb...

The story of the relationship between a neo-Nazi and alcoholic man, Rino Zena and his 11-year-old son Cristiano. They live on the margins of the society in a town in North Italy. Their only friend is Quattro Formaggi, a mentally ill man with whom they kinda form a surrogate family. A dark, long night of rain, lighting and desperation will change their lives forever.

Cast & Characters

Filippo Timi as Rino Zena;
Elio Germano as Quattro Formaggi;
Alvaro Caleca as Cristiano Zena;
Angelica Leo as Fabiana;
Fabio De Luigi as Trecca;
Alessandro Mizzi as Uomo SUV;
Corinna Agustoni as Maria Pirro;
Alessandro Bressanello as Marchetta;
Ludovica Di Rocco as Esmeralda;
Valentina Sussi as Ragazza Centro Sociale

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