Yes, a Great Crime Mystery Italian done
american style and a psycho thriller with Palmaesque luscious visuals.
Even if more like a mainstream psycho crime movie than a Neo-giallo
i really liked this film, and much more so than the director's earlier
the Psycho crime thriller "Almost Blue". The director has
found his style here but the main reason i find this film to be so entertaining,
that is -
Margherita Buy as police inspector Lucia Allesco. She's
amazing, i love her as the tired and grumpy crime cop.What a fine actress.
Popular now internationally is Nordic Noir with lots of tired and grumpy
crime cops, so why not Italian Noir with Margherita Buy in a for-ever
going Crime TV series as a tired and grumpy cop ?
Il Siero della vanità has a
great intense opening scene when the police is about to storm a room
with an ongoing hostage situation in it.
Things go wrong and policewoman Lucia (Buy) barely survives and ends
up with a destroyed leg and a limp.
Two years later Lucia is semi-retired but is asked by
her ex-husband crime cop to help with the investigation of a case where
has gone missing. Sonia Norton (Francesca Neri) has a trashy TV show
á la the US one Jerry Springer (once had) where the invited guests
as well as the audience can scream at each other and act in a dumb-assity
way. After one of the guests, a Professor Benda (Marco Giallini),
has been humiliated by Sonia-on Live TV he's stabbed with a syringe
on his way home, and goes missing.
Then others go missing, as i.a. Azzurra (Barbora Bobulova), an ex-Miss
Italy and a cokehead. Will Lucia and her police buddy Franco
(Valerio Mastandrea) be able to connect the dots and solve the case
This Italian DVD presents the film in 1.85:1 anamorphic
widescreen ratio and with Italian 5.1 or 2.0 audio with english subtitles.
Extras: Film Dossier: Behind the Scenes (58 minutes, no subs), Chilitta
visiti (auditions, 12 minutes, no subs), Fuore tempi, Consigli per
gli aquisti (Deleted scenes 10 minutes, no subs)
I Liked this film a Lot ! Great looking visually and
with a stellar performance from Margherita Buy, BUT not very suspenseful,
and also a
very fine Soundtrack by rock musician Marco Castoldi or Morgan (and
who has a kid with Asia Argento)