Il Caimano
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Controversial Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berluscoi is just one of the targets of writer and director Nanni Moretti's satiric focus in this sharp comedy-drama. In the 1970's, Bruno (Silvio Orlando) was one of Italy's most daring and best-respected filmmakers, while his wife Paola (Margherita Buy) was a leading box-office star. However, come the new millennium, things are a whole lot different for Bruno -- Paola is divorcing him, his production company is on the verge of bankruptcy, and he can't get a new project off the ground. When Teresa (Jasmine Trinca), a young woman down… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 39%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[Director Moretti] wraps his political agenda with an affecting story about a fading filmmaker whose dreams and beliefs aren't weathering the storms of middle age. If the politics don't get you, the life empathy will."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"A warm family drama pops through the seams of a film within-a-film about Silvio Berlusconi."
‑ Duane Byrge, Hollywood Reporter
"one can only assume that it was the accumulation of Berlusconi's own indiscretions that cost him the 2006 elections rather than the muted blows of this aimlessly incoherent and over-clever satire."
‑ Anton Bitel, Film4
"Some moments amuse but one's left wishing that Moretti had ditched his film-within-a-film framework and made either a documentary or a domestic drama."
‑ Ian Johns, Times [UK]
"Revela-se três filmes em um; e o problema é que, embora funcione bem ao lidar com as atribulações de seu protagonista, acaba falhando no campo que talvez seja mais importante para seu realizador: o político."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"It's uneven."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"... the film-within-the film wraps, but the willful manipulation of honest citizens continues unabated."
‑ S. James Wegg, JWR
"Telling moments occur here and there, but there is a slack randomness to the movie, the attack on Berlusconi is unfocused and Bruno is too weak to sustain the film."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"The political satire in this bitty drama can be lost on those residing outside of Italy."
‑ Will Lawrence, Empire Magazine
"The Caiman is a curious film. While there are flashes of brilliance and stimulating ideas, it is plagued by an underbelly of confusion"
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"A familiarity with the vagaries of Italian politics in the last 20 years is a help, but not a necessity, to appreciate this fascinating at times farcical blend of domestic drama and political rumination."
‑ , Globe and Mail
"An unfocused mess of a movie that fairly throws its hands in the air in the final act, rather than chug along to a conclusion."
‑ Jim Slotek, Jam! Movies
"Muddled and messy anti-Berlusconi satire now looks even more exasperating than when I first saw it."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"A fascinating film about moviemaking and government corruption, but it requires a fairly thorough understanding of Italian politics."
‑ Rich Cline, Film Threat
"Patchy but enjoyable mish-mash of political satire, relationship drama and film-making comedy, though it does require a certain understanding of Italian politics."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
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