Saturday 8th of November I went to the Hawaii International Film Festival together with Alexander, because of course we didn’t want to miss an extra credit opportunity!
We ended up with seeing the Italian movie Human Capital (Il Capitale Umano).
The movie is directed by Paolo Virzi, and the main stars are Fabrizio Bentivoglio as Dino Ossola, Matilde Gioli as Serena Ossola, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi as Carla Bernaschi, Guglielmo Pinelli as Massimiliano Bernaschi, and Fabrizio Gifuni as Giovanni Bernaschi.
- the skills, knowledge, and experience possessed by an individual or population, viewed in terms of their value or cost to an organization or country.
Human Capital begins at the end, as a cyclist is run off the road by a careening SUV the night before Christmas Eve. The movie is divided into different “chapters” based on some of the main characters perspective, which means that we see the same story over and over again, but we get to know the different people a lot more better, and we also get a lot more details about what is actually happening.
Small-time estate agent, Dino, seizes a chance to climb the local social-ladder when dropping his beautiful daughter Serena off to visit her boyfriend Massimiliano – the son of Giovanni Bernaschi, a hot-shot hedge-fund investor, at a large villa on the edge of town. Making up the fourth man in a game of tennis doubles, his natural sporting ability and opportunistic eye provide him an unlikely entrance to a world where making money is both easy and fast. Depending on your access to the right amount of capital, that is. When Giovanni suggests Dino join his latest fund scheme, with a mere €500,000, Dino, is so desperate to be a part of the Bernaschi circle that he puts his own house and business up as collateral.
When a cyclist is the victim of an accidental hit-and-run after a school awards ceremony one night just before Christmas the destinies of these two families are catastrophically interwoven and a mystery emerges from the accident that centres around the two misunderstood and emotionally neglected teenagers. Coinciding with the sudden onset of the financial crisis – a situation that threatens the immediate security of the rich and aspiring-rich alike, cracks quickly start to emerge. Human Capital, is a gripping and thrilling drama with a mystery at its centre – who was driving the jeep that fateful night and what will the consequences be – for all involved?
I thought this was a VERY good movie, and I got so drawn into what was happening. Nothing else was on my mind, cause I was so focused on the movie. I will definitely go to another film festival if I ever get the opportunity again. It’s fun to see other movies than only the most popular Hollywood blockbusters, and I recommend everyone to try it out!
– May-Hilde Holthe