The Hand of God: in Venice, the successful autobiography of Paolo Sorrentino

CRITICAL – The director of La Grande Bellezza remembers his youth in Naples in the 1980s. And signs his most personal and moving film.

Netflix continues to make waves on the lagoon. After Jane Campion (The Power of the Dog), another big name in cinema is in the running for the Golden Lion under the banner of the streaming platform. Italy’s Paolo Sorrentino is back at the Mostra twenty years after making his debut there with The man in addition. We did not expect much from the author ofIl Divo and of La Grande Bellezza, not convinced by Youth and by Loro, portrait of Silvio Berlusconi without any real stake. In any case, we weren’t expecting a film as beautiful as God’s hand. This return to form of Sorrentino can no doubt be explained because the filmmaker has found a subject that inspires him: himself.

God’s hand is not a film about Diego Maradona. At 51, the Neapolitan director remembers his youth in the 1980s, at a time when the Argentine footballer was expected as the Messiah in Napoli, where he would end up signing and winning the Italian championship, a first in the history of the club. Corn

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