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Paolo Sorrentino, master of stylish Italian noir, pays homage to the Rome of Fellini and other greats with this gloriously decadent 135-minute film-making feast.
The wonderfully lugubrious Toni Servillo is Jep Gambardella, an arts writer and party animal, who, after his 65th birthday bonanza, begins to meditate on his life largely by strolling around the city. Whether under the street lamps or along the burnished Tiber at dawn, Rome has never looked more golden. Nor has it ever seemed so sad or grotesque – though Jep finds beauty where he least expects it. Exquisite.