This epic film is about a loss of morality, where the main hero is Rome in all its splendor and ugliness.
The film is set in Rome at the height of the summer where crowds of tourists are obsessed with the dream of having their own Roman holiday. They are immersed in a modern Babylon, indulging in the lavish nightlife among the ancient palaces and huge villas. The most glamorous socialites meet here, and the best parties in the city are held on the terrace of 65-year-old Jep Gambardella's penthouse.
Jep, who wrote one novel in his youth and lives off its success, is disillusioned with this crowd of rich, but lost, empty people and he dreams of resuming his writing. As he walks through Rome in search of inspiration, his journey transforms into a spectacle, a vivid phantasmagoria, from which not everyone can escape.
The director of this dizzying drama, Paolo Sorrentino, has been twice nominated for European Film Awards in the category "Best European Film of the Year".
The Great Beauty
Dir. Paolo Sorrentino, 141 minutes, Italy, France, 2013