"THE GREAT BEAUTY is drop-dead gorgeous, a film that is luxuriously, seductively, stunningly cinematic." - Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Thrillingly good … Sorrentino offers the most ravishing footage of Rome I've ever seen." - John Powers, Fresh Air, National Public Radio
"Gives even the cynics a faith in the vibrancy of movies and the reviving artistry of Paolo Sorrentino … it is the year's grandest, most exhilarating foreign film." - Richard and Mary Corliss, Time magazine
Italian director Paolo Sorrentino's ambitious, beautifully-filmed THE GREAT BEAUTY is on the Oscar shortlist for Best Foreign Language Film. Journalist Jep Gambardella (Toni Servillo, IL DIVO and GOMORRAH) has charmed and seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades. Since the legendary success of his one and only novel, he has been a permanent fixture in the city's literary and social circles, but when his sixty-fifth birthday coincides with a shock from the past, Jep finds himself unexpectedly taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries, and looking past the extravagant nightclubs, parties, and cafés to find Rome in all its glory: a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty. In Italian w/ English subtitles.