Marx Can Wait
Marx Può Aspettare
A brave and enthralling autobiographical documentary from Italian filmmaker Marco Bellocchio, exploring the impact of his brother’s suicide on his family life and career.
Simone Gattoni, Beppe Caschetto
Italy 2021. 95min
The Match Factory
With English subtitles
In 1968, just as Bellocchio’s path as a filmmaker was in the ascendant, his twin brother Camillo committed suicide. This tragedy’s complex repercussions, on Bellocchio, his family and his entire career, forms the basis of this moving, deeply personal film. Largely centred around the director’s Northern Italian birthplace of Piacenza, Marx Can Wait incorporates a rich and insightful trove of archive footage, excerpts from his expansive filmography and contemporary interviews with family members and friends. The result is remarkably frank and frequently revealing. A compelling, soul-searching exploration of his brother’s life – and, by extension, his own – Bellocchio’s documentary resembles a Rembrandt self-portrait in its review of a past shot through with the wisdom of age and tinged with genuine regret.
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