Viva la libertà (2014)
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as Enrico Oliveri/Giovanni Ernani
as Andrea Bottini
as De Bellis
as Evelina Pileggi
Critic Reviews for Viva la libertà
Servillo charms in his dual turn, then takes it up a notch when one brother shows off his childhood knack for impersonating his look-alike.
An ingenious blend of high drama and surprising whimsy.
This here is a slightly sweet, slightly sour tale of brotherly love. Emphasis on 'slight.'
[A] stuck-in-neutral feature, which combines a vague commentary on Italian politics with a vague portrayal of middle-aged awakening.
Wobbles between being wispily suggestive of finer existential meaning and generational commentary, and being basically a handsomely dressed-up "Dave" for post-Berlusconi Italy.
Audience Reviews for Viva la libertà
In "Viva la Liberta," Enrico(Toni Servillo) is in a bit of a rut lately. Not only are his poll numbers as leader of the left in Italy way down but to add insult to injury he also gets heckled at his own party congress. Desperately needing a timeout, he leaves without telling anyone and holes up with his old friend Danielle(Valeria Bruni Tedeschi) and her family in Paris. Andrea(Valerio Mastandrea), one of Enrico's aides, looks to Enrico's brother Giovanni(Toni Servillo), an intellectual who has just gotten out of a mental hospital, for clues on his brother's whereabouts. But what he gets instead is a headache when Giovanni talks to a journalist thinking he is Enrico which at the same time gives Andrea an idea. If "Viva la Liberta" had just stopped with Toni Servillo's tremendous dual performance and its plot about doppelgangers in politics, I would gladly understand the complaints about this movie's lack of originality. But luckily it does not stop there, as the movie is also interested in carefully exploring mental illness and the world of make believe, not only in the deception at the heart of the movie, but also the world of movies, as Enrico takes the time for once to consider an alternate path for him and his brother, along with maybe one for the left in Italy.
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