La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty)

Directed by Paolo Sorrentino, Italy 2013
142 mins. Italian dialogue with English sub-titles



Journalist Jep Gambardella has charmed and seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades. Since the legendary success of his one and only novel, he has been a permanent fixture in the city's literary and social circles but, when his sixty-fifth birthday coincides with a shock from the past, Jep finds himself unexpectedly taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries, and looking past the extravagant nightclubs, parties and cafés to find Rome in all its glory: a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty.

Featuring an eclectic soundtrack which ranges from Arvo Pärt to Annie Lennox.

What the Critics say:

"An utterly ravishing portrait of listless luxuriance, a fantasy of decadent wealth and beauty that evokes Fellini's 'La Dolce Vita' by way of Baz Luhrmann."  (Geoff Pevere - Globe and Mail)