| 6.3/10 |
15 October 2010 (Italy)
| September 3, 2010 (2010-09-03) (Venice Film Festival)|
Stefano Incerti, Diego De Silva
Toni Servillo, Yang Mi, Geppy Gleijeses, Nello Mascia, Salvatore Ruocco
The Father And The Foreigner, The White Space, Maximum Velocity (V‑Max), A Game for Girls, The Sweet and the Bitter
Gorbaciof is a 2010 Italian drama film directed by Stefano Incerti. It premiered out of competition at the 67th Venice International Film Festival.
Marino Pacileo is a solitary man living in the Vasto area of Naples, a multiethnic suburb close to the train station. He is nicknamed "Gorbaciof" as, like the Soviet leader, has a port-wine stain on his forehead. He is a cashier in the prison at Poggioreale, using his job as a means of funding his gambling addiction. He plays poker in a makeshift gambling house at the back of a Chinese restaurant, and here he meets Lila, daughter of the restaurant's owner. Gorbaciof is fascinated by Lila, whom he starts stalking; and Lila finds herself attracted to this strange man who rescued her from two violent teenagers. In spite of the language barrier (Lila doesn't speak Italian), they start seeing each other.
Gorbaciof gives the girl's father a large sum of money in order for him to pay off his debts, thus avoiding Lila becoming a prostitute. However, a bad hand at poker has Gorbaciof owing a large sum of money to a corrupt lawyer and he is forced to ask a prison guard for a loan. The guard asks Gorbaciof to provide him with several illegal services, in exchange for the money. Gorbaciof then plans to leave Naples with Lila, but needs to complete a dangerous assignment first: be a lookout during a risky robbery.
The robbery goes well and Gorbaciof manages to escape, along with two other accomplices, but they are soon followed by the gun-wielding cashier. While everyone in the car is rejoicing, tragedy happens: one of the accomplices' two gun accidentally fires a shot, which mortally wounds Gorbaciof. Here we are shown parallel scenes of Gorbaciof dying and Lila waiting for him at the airport. The movie ends with the last things Gorbaciof sees: Naples' buildings that fly past him, as the car speeds through traffic.Toni Servillo: Gorbaciof
Yang Mi: Lila
Nello Mascia: Vanacore
Geppy Gleijeses: the lawyer