#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Eldest brother and goat farmer, Luciano, has turned his back on the family drug operation his 20-year-old son Leo finds so appealing. But a careless act by Leo, aspiring to his uncles’ lifestyles, pulls the whole family into a simmering feud. Anywhere else, it would have been dismissed as nothing more than youthful foolishness. But not in Calabria, and especially not in Aspromonte. Instead, it is the spark that lights the fire.
Plot: A former narcotics smuggler, now living peaceably in the Calabrian hills, is drawn back into his family’s drug-trade dynasty by his impetuous teenage son.
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Acting, direction of the highest order
ANIME NERE boasts some of the best acting that I have seen in any film from anywhere in the world over the last 10 years. Perhaps only SICARIO (US 2015) can bear comparison with this extremely high standard of acting.
Francesco Munzi’s direction is also first rate, aided by excellent stark photography.
Dialogue is extremely credible, and the script builds up to an unbearable tension point without much physical action.
So why do I rate this film only 7/10? Because I expected more reaction from the target family, and I find the open ending frustrating.
PS – I decided to rewatch ANIME NERE and I have to admit that the ending makes more sense than I initially surmised. The point, trite but valid all the same, is that death is supposed to be a deterrent among crime-pursuing families, but once a crime is committed, even a minor one like stealing goats, revenge will follow, and death is no longer a deterrent but an objective.
Interesting aspect: as in THE GODFATHER, there are three brothers here, and you know instinctively that the brother who wants to stay out of crime is the one most likely to be the action man. The other two are Hamlet-like figures, who hate Barreca for killing their father but talk rather than do something about it. And any distraction carries the ultimate price, as Luigi and Leo find out.
In crime, as in life, there is always someone stronger and more lethal than you. What I initially saw as an open ending is in fact the only ending to criminal life. I change my rating to 9/10 and recommend this film.
This is a Mafia film with a difference, one with spiritual/metaphysical dimensions (an unusual take on the subject matter as said by others). ‘The Godfather’ also shows how Michael Corleone is corrupted. I preferred ‘Black Souls’ to another ‘art-house’ exploration of the Mafia, ‘Gomorrah’: which was also about the Mafia as a business, the business of death & its noxious influence on society. ‘Black Souls’ is more intimate, as it revolves around one family, three very different brothers in personality, & how it self-destructs.
I did find the settings initially confusing, it moves from metropolitan Milan (modern Italy) to the countryside, to an older peasant Italy with codes rooted in the hills & countryside, actually the South (I thought it was the north still at first). A place almost medieval in tone & customs, like clans brokering marriages to cement alliances or heal feuds.
The film is about families & business, how sentiment & business should operate separately but are fatally bound; about Christian (Catholic) faith & despair (One of the brothers is called Luciano -light, the one not involved with the Mafia). The opening scene, a drugs deal involving the two brothers still involved in criminality (The charming, masculine Luigi, the bespectacled taciturn Rocco) sets the tone for the film. In flashy Milan, they negotiate a drugs deal with a new business partner, who has clearly eliminated their previous supplier. The brothers are unsentimental & accept the new arrangement as businessmen. Ironically, as the film progresses, the brothers become marginalised themselves by fellow village families who act out of the very same self-interest after they fail to apologise to the local Godfather.
‘Black Souls’ is about a family on the brink of self-destruction due to a family grudge being resumed. Emotions take precedence over reason. Luciano has borne the murder of his father by continuing to live & work in the community ruled by the Godfather who had him murdered. An act of vandalism & disrespect re-opens old wounds which escalate into forces beyond the family’s & Luciano’s control.
The title of the film, for me, refers to a Mass which happens towards the end of this gripping film. It appears to suggest that ‘you are born a sinner’, but one is damned if you are born into a Mafia family because you will belong to its inescapable vendettas & blood feuds.
Luciano, perhaps the most sympathetic character in the film, is drawn against his will & by his son’s recklessness into his own personal hell. ‘Black Souls’, meaning men who are damned, condemned from birth by a diabolic bargain. There are some great scenes in this film which probably illuminate the themes of the book. Such as when the charismatic brother lies with his lap-dancer girlfriend in bed. She is naked, her lithe body covered in ink (tattooed characters). It is as if Luigi has made a literal contract with the Devil/bargain with criminality in exchange for his soul/life.
It’s a rich film, memorable. It’s also about the clash of the modern with the traditional, the city & the countryside, as portrayed by Rocco & his wife, Valeria, an outsider, who struggles to understand the men’s local dialect &, by suggestion, the situation in which she finds herself. It is about men & women: as with any film about violence & its shocking aftermath, it is the women – mothers, sisters, wives, who must mourn.
The ending shocks & resonates, of a man driven by grief & rage, to commit the only act he thinks can stop the never ending cycle of violence. His is a soul in torment.
Original Language it
Runtime 1 hr 49 min (109 min)
Rated Not Rated
Genre Crime, Drama
Director Francesco Munzi
Writer Gioacchino Criaco, Francesco Munzi, Maurizio Braucci
Actors Marco Leonardi, Peppino Mazzotta, Fabrizio Ferracane
Country Italy, France
Awards 23 wins & 18 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Arri Alexa
Film Length N/A
Negative Format Codex
Cinematographic Process ArriRaw (source format), Digital Intermediate (master format)
Printed Film Format D-Cinema