AKA: Il capitale umano
Director: Paolo Virzý
Starring: Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi
An Italian art house film that explores the troubling social classes and injustices that surfaced during the Global Financial Crisis. Americans aren't the only greedy selfish capitalists in the world.
The plot is played out in three different chapters, seen through the eyes of the main characters played by Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Fabrizio Bentivoglio and Matilde Gioli. It's the same story in each chapter but seen through a different POV. A bit like a Robert Altman or Paul Haggis film.
A filthy rich family that makes it's money selling insurance and hedge funds finds itself in a pickle when an accident kills a local restaurant waiter from the suburbs. The film is more of a social commentary where we get to see the different scruples of the North when it comes to wealth and family.
The overlapping point of view approach that director Paolo Virzý has gone with works well for this movie. It's a well made movie that will keep you in. A fascinating look at what value is placed on our lives and how we struggle with the balance of what we need and what we greed. I love the ending credits that has a comment on how insurance companies weigh up the value of your life. Human Capital quantified. ROB