Arrivederci Amore Ciao (2006)
Chosen by Clarry McDonald who had this to say: 'read the book, bought the movie. Broad subject - crime, political betrayal etc. Semi- operatic.'
Often I choose the movie for the day by the one that is the shortest on the pile (I get back from work late most days and can be quite tired). This one said it was 148 mins so stayed on the pile for a while. It actually meant 1 hour 48 minutes ( I was a little confused when it seemed to be reaching a natural conclusion and still had about 50 minutes to go and then the credits started rolling).
Michele Soavi made the great existential zombie movie Dellamorte Dellamore but doesn't bring much to this tale of murder, betrayal, drugs and money.
The plot is bitty, episodic and lacks any real dramatic tension. Characters come and go before you really get a feel for them (it takes a lot of time setting up a crew for a heist then basically that plot finishes five minutes later).