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The Hand of God (2021)The Hand of God (2021)

The Hand of God (2021)

A fun ode to Naples from Paolo Sorrentino

Comedy, Drama

8.0

movie

Italy

Italian

Grown-up Comedy, Lovely, Slice-of-Life

2021

Paolo Sorrentino

Alessandro Bressanello, Betti Pedrazzi, Birte Berg

130 min

Synopsis

In 1980s Naples, Italy, an awkward Italian teen struggling to find his place experiences heartbreak and liberation after he's inadvertently saved from a freak accident by football legend Diego Maradona.

Our Take

8.0
Bilal Zouheir

The Hand of God is the autobiographical movie from Paolo Sarrantino, the director of the 2013 masterpiece The Great Beauty. He recently also directed The Young Pope with Jude Law and Youth Paul Dano, both in English. He is back to his home Italy with this one. 

More precisely, he’s in his hometown Naples, in the 1980s, where awkward teenager Fabietto Schisa’s life is about to change: his city’s soccer team Napoli is buying the biggest footballer at the time, Diego Maradona.

Sarrantino, who is also from Naples, made this movie that is half a tribute to the city and half to what it meant growing up around the legend of Maradona.

The Hand of God is to Sarrantino what Roma was to Alfonso Cuarón, except it’s more vulgar, fun, and excessive. It is equally as personal though, and it goes from comedy to tragedy and back with unmatched ease.

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