Gomorra

  • Directors: Matteo Garrone
  • Producers: Domenico Procacci
  • Writers: Matteo Garrone, Roberto Saviano, Maurizio Braucci, Ugo Chiti, Gianni Di Gregorio, Massimo Gaudioso
  • Genres: Crime, Drama
  • Actors: Gianfelice Imparato

The film opens with the shootings of gangsters relaxing in a tanning salon.

It then intertwines five separate stories of Italians whose lives are touched by organized crime.

Don Ciro (Gianfelice Imparato) is a timid middleman, who distributes money to the families of imprisoned clan members. When making a delivery, he is ambushed by two angry clan members with an obvious grudge against their fellows; there is a feud within the clan. Wanting to save his own skin, he later offers to defect to their side. They explain to him their families were murdered by the clan and want retribution, and that they have no need for a money-carrier. Instead, Ciro leads them to the location where he is given the money for distribution. The pair raid the place, killing everyone but Ciro, and take the money. Ciro quietly walks off to an uncertain future.

Totò (Salvatore Abruzzese) is a 13-year-old grocery delivery boy who observes some drug dealers ditching some drugs and a gun when running from the police. He returns the items to the gang, who take him in. His initiation involves him being shot whilst wearing a bulletproof vest, as a test of courage. Soon after he is accepted into the gang, families in the neighborhood that are perceived to be disloyal receive a warning to move out or suffer violence; Toto’s fellow gang members received similar threats. Later, whilst hanging out with his gang in the streets, one of his gang is killed in a drive-by. The gang decides to stand their ground and exact violent retribution by selecting a woman, Maria, as their next victim, because her son Simone has joined a secessionist gang. Toto, who used to be friends with Simone before the clan feud, and who has delivered groceries to Maria, is forced to lure her out of her apartment, where his comrades gun her down.

Marco (Marco Macor) and Ciro (Ciro Petrone) are two cocky, out of control, teenage wannabe-gangsters who decide to make a name in the Neapolitan underworld. Full of youthful exuberance and impressed with mafia portrayals from Hollywood movies, they quote lines and spontaneously reenact scenes from Scarface while dropping references to Tony Montana, Miami, and Colombians. Their first score is taking more narcotics than they paid for during a drug purchase from some Africans. The word of the incident gets to the local mob chieftain who summons them and warns them under threat of violence not to repeat such behaviour in the future. Ignoring him completely, they spy Camorra gangsters hiding a stash of weapons. They steal the weapons and amuse themselves by firing off rounds by the riverbank. One day, out of money, they use their guns to rob a video arcade. They spend their money at a strip club, where the angry gangsters find them and threaten to kill them if they don’t return the weapons within a day. The pair prove stubborn, so one of the gangsters tries a different tactic: he approaches them in a bar with an offer of €10,000 if they return the weapons and conduct a murder. They accept the offer, which turns out to be a trap, as they are ambushed and killed at the location of their supposed target.

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