Piranhas (2019) – Film Review
Director: Claudio Giovannesi
Cast: Francesco DiNapoli, Viviana Aprea, Alfredo Turitto
by Roger Crow / @RogerCrow
Nicola is a young man who lives with his mother and younger brother in the Sanitae neighborhood of Naples, a place which has been controlled by the Camorra mafia for centuries.
Of course they soon realise they’re in over their heads and tragedy occurs.
“Lashings of energy”
The mostly young cast make a good job of the drama and director Claudio Giovannesi knows how to stitch a scene together. The whole thing ticks over with lashings of energy, and there are times it reminds me of Bugsy Malone (mini gangsters), Akira (hoodlums on bikes), and Once Upon a Time in America (sweeping crime epic).
Based on the book by Roberto Saviano, Piranhas is a must for those who love Italian cinema.
There’s a naturalism to the drama which hooks the viewer in, while the cast’s lack of baggage helps enormously; Francesco DiNapoli could be a star of tomorrow.
It went down a storm at the Berlin International Film Festival last year and is bound to attract similar acclaim in Blighty.