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6.9
/10
181 Ratings

The Traitor

Il traditore

Directed by Marco Bellocchio
Italy, France, 2019
Drama, Crime

Synopsis

After the heroes, the traitor Buscetta. The real life of Tommaso Buscetta the so called “boss of the two worlds”, first mafia informant in Sicily 1980’s.

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The Traitor Directed by Marco Bellocchio
The idea of a gangster’s cognitive dissonance is a fascinating avenue to explore, yet Bellocchio favors a mostly straightforward true-crime story with handsome scale and scope. While the film briefly teases Tommaso’s internal contradictions, Bellocchio never meaningfully wrestles with the weight of their implications, which is problematic for a film fixated on the multifaceted nature of atonement.
October 07, 2019
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The film is dynamically suspended between the pathos of rise and fall and the monotony of daily life, though punctually subdued and understated; it flows like a Homeric poem.
September 05, 2019
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Despite using on-screen titles, copious exposition and occasionally library footage, Bellocchio and his three co-writers struggle to make clear the cobweb of power relations, especially as many figures introduced are immediately killed.
May 30, 2019
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