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Issue No. 2137

A scene from Gomorrah

A scene from Gomorrah

Gomorrah is a film that gives a fictional portrayal of the Camorra, the Mafia-like organisation based in Naples and nearby Caserta in southern Italy.

It is based on the book by Roberto Saviano, which exposed the activities of the Camorra and its links with business.

The Camorra is one of the biggest employers in the region.

It pulls in many people who have few alternative opportunities to make a living. Some see association with the organisation as glamorous.

But the film makes a deliberate contrast with this image – instead focusing on the mundane, day-to-day running of the organisation and highlighting the brutal, casual violence that exists at its core.

The film successfully puts the Camorra in context by letting the plot speak for itself.

Directed by Matteo Garrone
DVD out 9 February

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Tue 3 Feb 2009, 18:26 GMT
Issue No. 2137
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