Roberto Succo details
|Starring:||Patrick Dell'Isola, Isild Le Besco, Stefano Cassetti|
|Genres:||Thriller, World Cinema|
|Run time:||2 hours|
|Rental release:||Limited availability|
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Excellent film that only uses the factsBy DominicUK (13 reviews) , 24 Jan 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]I had heard good things about this film and I wasn't disappointed. The film uses only the known facts, so anything that happened in real life with no witnesses isn't guessed at for the sake of the story like it might be in a Hollywood film. This makes a refreshing change for the genre where films are 'based on' true events).
The acting and direction are both excellent, and the soundtrack works well. It's worth watching it through again with the directors commentry - it adds another dimension to the decisions he made when the film is based on witness statements and police reports. Fascinating.
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living fast dying youngBy juradino (815 reviews) from London , 21 May 2012Factual account of life of Roberto who at 19 kills his parents because they wouldn't lend him their car. He takes his policeman father's gun but is captured and sentenced to 10 years in psychiatric unit. After 5 years he escapes fleeing to France where he lives like squatter, resorting to stealing cars armed with gun, robbery, rape and murder, while getting girlfriend. Just as it looks like he may be almost getting away with it fate plays its final hand.
Excellent filmBy a customer from Scarborough, England , 12 May 2012probably not for pussies so i'm guessing that's why it has gotten some hate on here, but a thoroughly engrossing film for real men like me
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look into my eyes.....By jesuskenevil (246 reviews) from Bruton , 03 Jun 2010A pretty hollow film that neither delves into it's subject clinically or glamorizes it, leaving the viewer to drift through the events of Succo' trail of murder, theft and violence emotionless. A hard film to like even with a sterling main performance from Cassetti and some lovely landscape cinematography.
Stranger than fictionBy Andrews (66 reviews) from London , 02 Jan 2009This movie is a brilliant, intelligent recreation of an extraordinary true story - a great example of the maxim; the truth is stranger than fiction.
Director Cedric Kahn here - as in the other films of his I've seen - has the ability to create an atmosphere of extreme intrigue and tension, similar to that you might experience in the best of Hitchcock. Kahn is a master of economy, giving us just the right information at the right time to keep us (or me anyway) hooked; even leaving some events unexplained if their resolution seems unimportant to the particular story he has chosen to tell. Writer Jimmy McGovern's observation springs to mind: I'd rather be confused for ten minutes than bored for ten seconds.
Stefano Cassetti - with the most piercing gaze I've ever seen on film - is utterly convincing as crazy serial killer Succo. An astonishing perfomance anyway - but even more so considering he had never acted before this movie.
In a master stroke, Kahn makes the decision only to fully portray the stories of Succo's victims who survived. While this may disappoint the more blood-thirsty viewer (rent 'Seven'), it lends the film a fearsome integrity and discipline, and pays utmost respect to the victims and their families. It also reinforces the 'true story' aspect of the film - every event depicted is based very closely on first hand accounts. In this way too Kahn brilliantly pulls off the tricky balancing act of never glamourising Succo's acts of brutality, while never judging him either. This is quite an achievement.
This type of story rarely receives such a level headed, intelligent treatment. The only movie I've seen about a serial killer where I didn't feel that, on some level at least, I was being asked to 'enjoy' the action. Very powerful.
ExcellentBy mosherbeard (12 reviews) from Wigan , 31 Dec 2007This has to be one of the best foreign films I've seen for a while. It starts out quite slowly and the scenes are edited in such a way that the viewer may not understand what is happening or has happened. But as the film the progresses the pieces start to come together and it all starts to make a lot more sense.
The last 20 minutes show us what Roberto Succo has been upto!