Romanzo Criminale aka Crime Novel (2005, Period Crime Drama) – 7/10 movie review

Cast / crew
Director: Michele Placido
Kim Rossi Stuart: Il Freddo
Anna Mouglalis: Patrizia
Pierfrancesco Favino: Libano
Claudio Santamaria: Il Dandi
Stefano Accorsi: Commissario Scialoja
Riccardo Scamarcio: Il Nero
Jasmine Trinca: Roberta
Toni Bertorelli: La Voce
Writer (Original Novel): Giancarlo de Cataldo
Writer (Screenplay): Giancarlo de Cataldo
Writer (Screenplay): Stefano Rulli
Writer (Screenplay): Sandro Petraglia
Writer (Screenplay): Michele Placido

Romanzo Criminale aka Crime Novel (2005)

"In the mid 70s a gang of hoodlums set out from the suburbs to conquer Rome. While following their naïve and terrible dream, they formed dangerous alliances. They felt immortal."


Well-made crime-doesn’t-pay drama that feels more shallow than probably intended. However, it is quite unusual for showing that sometimes (frequently?) criminals don’t have a heart of gold and that they are entirely happy being horrible and striving after money, possessions and power. Despite this and a forehead-slappingly stupid kidnapping early on (SPOILER for no reason, they deliberately kill the victim after holding him for a month while preparing to take a picture proving he is alive), the quality acting, production and direction easily keep you watching and there are some interesting scenes as well. The criminals clearly feel immortal but without reason and it surprises them when it catches up with them. Vengeance is meaningless and self-destructive. There are crimes that our bloodthirsty criminals clearly but oddly think are a bit much (such as a train station bombing and having a prostitute for a girlfriend). Such a moral double-standard definitely exists in the real world and it is highly intriguing.

This movie contains sexual swear words, adult dialogue and substance abuse and graphic violence and sex scenes, nudity.


Classified 15 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over.


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