Claudio Santamaria (Romanzo Criminale) stars in Antonio Morabito’s gripping new drama about a drug salesman for an ultracompetitive pharmaceutical giant, who influences doctors and pharmacists to push their brands by offering expensive gifts in a world where profit reigns above human decency.
40-year-old sales rep, Bruno (Santamaria), suffers unbearable pressure at the hands of his tyrannical boss (the brilliant Isabella Ferrari, The Great Beauty), which is proven when his broken and stressed coworker commits suicide. However, Bruno presses on, continuing to shamelessly bribe clients into sales. As things at work grow increasingly cutthroat, Bruno experiences another sort of tension at home when his wife, Anna (Evita Ciri), stops taking her birth control pills against his wishes.
Santamaria delivers an expertly multi-dimensional performance, mastering the character’s edginess as pressures crank up anxiety levels to boiling point. Ferrari is also in her element, frightening as the seemingly soulless Giorgia, who beneath the armour is a real person - compromised and miserable.