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The Vice of Hope

Il vizio della speranza

This is a gritty, gripping and ultimately uplifting depiction of a woman desperately striving to escape a life of vice and criminality.

Dir Edoardo De Angelis
Prod Attilio De Razza, Pierpaolo Verga
Scr Umberto Contarello, Edoardo De Angelis
With Pina Turco, Massimiliano Rossi, Marina Confalone
Italy
2018
100min
Sales True Colours Glorious Films
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Maria (an impressive Pina Turco) is a survivor. A tough young woman who lives with the memory of a terrible childhood incident and who has a dissolute family relying on her, she fights to keep her head above water. Living in a bleak neighbourhood on the outskirts of Naples, Maria is inextricably caught up in the prostitution and child trafficking business. Treating everyday horrors as a way of life, everything changes for her when she discovers she is pregnant. Following his impressive Indivisible, director Edoardo De Angelis’ latest is an all-too-credible drama, with Ferran Paredes’ cinematography evocatively rendering a haunting landscape. Imbued with poetic sensitivity and conviction, while conveying the desperate reality of these characters’ lives, De Angelis’ film offers hope of escape and renewal.

Adrian Wootton

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