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Venice 2023: Io Capitano overview | Get hold of US

★★★★☆

Following Agnieszka Holland’s land-bound refugee story Inexperienced Border earlier this week, Matteo Garrone’s new movie Io Capitano departs geographically additional south and takes its characters on an epic journey which entails land and sea. However its route and terrain aren’t the one distinction right here.

Whereas Holland’s Inexperienced Border is a particular response to the refugee disaster – these individuals are fleeing warfare and torture, fleeing for his or her lives – Garrone’s protagonists Seydou (Seydou Starr) and Moussa (Moustapha Fall) are financial migrants, impressed to go away their dwelling in Dakar, Senegal to hunt their fortunes in Europe. Garrone is cautious to point out that the youngsters aren’t fleeing abuse, and even poverty. They reside full lives; they play drums and soccer. They’ve jobs which supplies them ample funds for them to avoid wasting up sufficient cash to finance their journey. Seydou lives together with his widowed mom and annoying sisters.

Some may see this as a weak point in Garrone’s newest, because it has turn into a right-wing speaking level that refugees are literally financial migrants. Nonetheless, this author feels it incumbent upon himself to introduce a be aware of autobiography. I’m an financial migrant, who moved from a wonderfully comfy existence out of the urge for novelty and to see the broader world. I used to be by no means hampered and was in reality inspired. I’ve by no means been labeled as a migrant (financial or in any other case) by anybody else however myself. I’m additionally white.

Earlier than leaving Seydou insists that they go to a neighborhood shaman who hopefully will bless their venture with the assent of their ancestors. It’s a transfer which foreshadows Garrone’s personal stylistic strategy. As he follows the boys, their imaginations and goals will go together with them in addition to the horrors and realism of what they encounter. On each step of the best way they’re drained of their cash by rip-off artists promising them straightforward transit. First the bus trip solely takes them to this point. Then passports are faked solely to be confiscated on the subsequent checkpoint and a stark possibility is obtainable “$50 or jail.” The boys are straightforward prey to these wishing to use the determined.

Seydou and Moussa are pushed throughout the Sahara in jeeps which bounce throughout the dunes in a scene that feels nearly thrilling till it turns into obvious that if any of the passengers hanging on ought to fall, they’re lifeless. Nobody will flip round. Human life is turning into low-cost. The attractive sandscapes shot superbly by Paolo Carnera and paying homage to Lawrence of Arabia – how can they not be – are punctuated by a path of corpses. Seydou tries to keep up his humanity and even goals of saving a lady’s life who floats above him, however worse is to come back. Anybody who has learn Sally Hayden’s My Fourth Time, We Drowned will dread the arrival of the Libyan safety forces who cart Seydou off to a hellish jail, run by the Libyan mafia.

There are moments when Garrone’s imaginative and prescient strays too near the fable in its narrative at the same time as its pictures painting a brutal actuality. Nonetheless, Io Capitano doesn’t lose its humanity both in a number of the individuals who Seydou meets and Seydou’s personal resilience in his personal self-belief and within the loyalty and love he has for his pal Moussa. The ultimate irony lies within the impossibility of any remaining triumph. The most effective pleased ending won’t be the form of self-realisation so many (together with this reviewer) have so thoughtlessly loved, however extra probably a return to the start poorer and extra traumatised and with goals so damaged, no magic will put them again collectively.

The eightieth Venice Movie Competition takes place from 30 August-9 September.

John Bleasdale | @drjonty


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