It’s really tough to shake Matteo Garrone‘s “Gomorrah,” another one of the best of ’08. I saw it months ago (and re-watched it recently) and find it haunting and powerful. Back in October, I had the privilege of attending a VIP screening of the film and, with Garrone beaming nearby, Martin Scorsese praised the film in an intro saying, “One of the great strength’s of this picture is that there is no exit.” He continued:
“Forget expositions, traditional narrative…you don’t know what country you are in, you dont know what city, you dont know what street it is, and you never know that. You’re just trapped in another planet and you’re on your own. There’s no relief, there’s no way out and even though you sense that the only way out for these people in the film is gonna be bad, no matter what happens to those people up on the screen…you know one thing, this world will continue. And its pretty unfortunate.”
Matteo Garrone after winning the grand prix at the Cannes Film Festival in May.
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