The Great Beauty
Viewed this film over the weekend and really enjoyed it. The cinemaphotograhpy is grand, and the lead actor - Toni Servillo is amazing.
The main character's search for the elusive beauty in life and art, and how he comes to terms with this, is fantastic. I recommend this film not just because of the subject matter and the lovely photography, but it's construction is exquisite - cutting from thought to thought, from the middle of a scene to the middle of another - a great weave through a few days of this man's life.
Here's a trailer:
The Great Beauty (Italian: La grande bellezza) is a 2013 Italian film co-written and directed by Paolo Sorrentino. Filming took place in Rome starting on 9 August 2012. It premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival where it was screened in competition for the Palme d'Or.It was shown at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and at the 2013 Reykjavik European Film Festival.
The film won Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards, as well as the Golden Globe and the BAFTA award in the same category. It is a co-production between the Italian Medusa Film and Indigo Film and the French Babe Films, with support from Banca Popolare di Vicenza, Pathé and France 2 Cinéma. With a production budget of €9.2 million, the film has so far grossed over $23 million worldwide.