Synopsis by Clarke Fountain
This Italian language film is a first-time outing by Turin Young Cinema festival winner Matteo Garrone, who expands upon the original prize-winning short. In three plainly told segments, the bleak lives of Third World immigrants are examined as they try to establish themselves in their new home in Italy. In true neorealistic style, the stars themselves are immigrants reenacting real-life situations. The first segment examines the activities and circumstances of three Nigerian prostitutes; the second segment looks at the life of an Albanian boy laborer, and the third, of an Egyptian gas-station attendant.