Il Divo
2009
**½
Director: Paolo Sorrentino
Cast: Anna Bonaiuto, Toni Servillo, Piera Degli Esposti, Giulio Bosetti

This exhausting biopic of Giulio Andreotti begins in the early 1990s when the long-serving Italian Prime Minister starts his seventh term in office, and ends as he’s put on trial for alleged Mafia ties. Inbetween we’re introduced to umpteen Italian politicians, gangsters and journalists. This world doesn’t open up to the uninitiated, but the biggest problem here is the protagonist who resembles a walking dead. Sorrentino’s initially striking visual style wears out its welcome pretty fast.