Seduction, glamour, corruption, drugs and raucous poolside parties: the life and times of scandal-plagued Silvio Berlusconi have long-demanded a screen depiction, and who else to deliver it than Paolo Sorrentino.

Director: Paolo Sorrentino
Cast: Toni Servillo, Elena Sofia Ricci, Riccardo Scamarcio, Kasia Smutniak, Euridice Axen, Giovanni Esposito
Duration: 151 mins
Country of Origin: Italy

MA15+Strong sex scenes and drug use


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Loro

★★★★
“This is a film about Us and Them – the ones who control everything, the ones who have all the money and girls and drugs and houses by the sea, those who have power… Supremely gifted, Sorrentino is the heir to Federico Fellini’s empire – observing Italy’s state of decay with an incisive but benevolent gaze, part clown, part confessor. It may be corrupt, vulgar and louche, but it is also the country of Michelangelo and Da Vinci, Visconti and Rossellini, La Dolce Vita and stromboli. It has been some time since Italy had a director worthy of its contradictions and provocations. And his films are always an attempt to reflect the rich weirdness of modern life. It is much more than a film about Berlusconi.”
Paul Byrnes, SMH/THE AGE

“Wildly irreverent. Sorrentino is clearly no fan of SB and it’s no understatement to ­describe his new film as a full-frontal attack on the politician and the depths to which he has ­reduced the Italian nation. Sorrentino is an exceptional director and Servillo is a most remarkable actor; once again these two major talents have created a film of considerable impact.”
David Stratton, THE AUSTRALIAN

★★★★
“Decadent and intoxicating – a colourful, voyeuristic, keenly critical portrait. An image of (Berlusconi’s) Italy where all that shines is also inescapably tarnished. With satire and savagery, it couldn’t be more damning.”
Sarah Ward, FLICKS

“Delicious fun. Sorrentino’s lavish style and grand set pieces produce a lush visual experience. A highly stylised, riveting, memorable piece of work.”
Julian Wood, FILMINK

“Pure, powerful cinema. An amazing journey into emotional chaos.”
LA STAMPA

“A richly inventive, ferocious feast.”
Deborah Young, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

“A wild ride. The perfect movie for our time.”
Christopher Reed, HAMMER TO NAIL

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Seduction, glamour, corruption, drugs and raucous poolside parties: the life and times of scandal-plagued Silvio Berlusconi have long-demanded a screen depiction, and who else to deliver it than Paolo Sorrentino, the Academy Award-winning director of The Great Beauty and The Young Pope, who returns to cinema in spectacular fashion with this dazzling, topical and no-holds-barred look at life in Italy under the glistening eye of modern Europe’s most infamous politician.

With LORO, Sorrentino gradually unpeels the complex personality and motivations of the billionaire former Prime Minister – played with unmistakable panache by Toni Servillo – during a tumultuous period in his career, as his marriage to second wife Veronica Lario (Elena Sofia Ricci) fractures; all the while skilfully threading together stories of a wide variety of characters from multiple levels of society and their attempts to either ingratiate or distance themselves from him…

Boldly and controversially speculating on what may or may not have taken place behind closed doors, LORO (which translates as ‘Them’) offers a timely commentary on the excesses and follies of the power-hungry. Viewers sensitive to depictions of unfettered wealth, power and debauchery: consider yourselves forewarned. Everyone else: strap in for a wild, unforgettable ride.

MORE…
“Bunga bunga and triumph of vulgarity: A controversial movie on Silvio Berlusconi” Writer/director Paolo Sorrentino with The Sydney Morning Herald‘s Stephanie Bunbury (11/01/19)

Interview: “Paolo Sorrentino and Toni Servillo take on Silvio Berlusconi” – SBS Movies (21/01/19)

Interview: “Paolo Sorrentino and Toni Servillo Don’t Really Care What Berlusconi Thinks of Loro” – Vulture (08/09/18)

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