La Vita: È Dolce?
Toni Servillo. Photo courtesy of The Great Beauty press kit, www.janusfilms.com This weekend has given me three foreign films about life. Very apt for me at the moment. All three have given me pause to reflect. The first was The Great Beauty ( La Grande Bellezza ), a film by Paolo Sorrentino which won a gazillion awards, including a 2014 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year. The soundtrack (available in Canada under the Italian title) includes wrenching music like Zbigniew Preisner's requiem and Arvo Pärt 's ' My Heart's in the Highlands' . Anyway, this is best described as something you'd see if Wes Anderson re-did La Dolce Vita . It's funny, pathetic and scathing (mostly about the Catholic Church but no one is safe from the writers: botox users, performance artists, mafia, strippers, wannabe actors). There are over-the-top parties where everyone dances to house music and 'Mueve La Colita' (think rude version of the