Vuoti a Perdere (1998)

Genres - Crime  |   Sub-Genres - Crime Thriller  |   Run Time - 91 min.  |   Countries - Italy  |  
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Francesco Cesena Giancarlo Giannini is a smart cop who does not like his job. While conducting a routine investigation, he gets involved in a shoot-out during which he is wounded, one of his colleagues is gunned down, and he kills an ex-con and his wife. A few months later, two kids, Fabrizio and Simonetta, are arrested for stealing a car. Cesena and his assistant Cane, who is about the same age as the suspects, have to question them. Partly out of boredom and also because he finds Simonetta appealing, Cesena leads on the couple to believe that he has something much more serious on them than the car theft. Fabrizio believes him, while Simonetta smells a rat but decides to play along. During the night, the youths tell the cops the story of their wasted lives; they are two people who have completely lost control and turned their worst fantasies into reality. Cesena is so fascinated by the fragile personality that lies beneath Simonetta's hard exterior that he does not want to hear any more. But she is determined not to leave out any details. A cross between Bonnie and Clyde and Hana-Bi via Pulp Fiction, the saving grace of this Italian thriller is Giancarlo Giannini, best known for his remarkable performances in Lina Wertmuller's films. Vuoti a Perdere was screened as part of the Panorama of 49th International Berlin Film Festival.

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car-theft, couple, criminal, detective, investigation, Italy, police, robbery