Popular TV satirist Pierfrancesco Diliberto, known as Pif, does a remarkable job negotiating the delicate balance between humor and heartrending emotion in his terrific directorial feature debut with a powerful message.
Highlighting the Cosa Nostra pernicious influence over average Sicilians, we follow Everyman Arturo from childhood to maturity, as he deals with life, love, and the mafia. The Palermo of the 1970s and early ’80s is wonderfully captured as a city where denial goes hand-in-hand with stifled tolerance, as a bloody war for Mafia supremacy rages, with regular assassinations of rival mobsters and anti-Mafia crusaders.
Through Arturo’s eyes and experiences, it is cleverly revealed with remarkable wit and humour, how complacency and wilful blindness allowed the Cosa Nostra to flourish until high-profile killings finally opened people’s eyes. Current Senate President Pietro Grasso referred to this film as the best film work on Mafia ever made.