The Hand of God - Paolo Sorrentino
“Three films a day, three books a week and records of great music would be enough to make me happy to the day I die” — François Truffaut. The pioneer of the french new wave in cinema.
Yet there are single movies that can make you happy for days.
To me, The Hand of God is one of them. The beautiful Italian movie was written and directed by one of my favorite living directors Paolo Sorrentino. It's a semi-autobiography of his life in Napoli during the 1980s, about his relationship with his family, his relationship with books, literature, and music, his relationship with the city, his inspirations, and his relationship with cinema.
Equally important was his relationship with Diego Armando Maradona when he came to play in the Napoli football club. Not just his relationship, but the whole city's relationship with Maradona. He wasn't just a football player joining their club. To the people of Napoli, watching Maradona was a holy act, was a political movement. it was crazy. It was a complete form of love and passion, and more importantly, for the young Paolo to learn perseverance to follow his own path.
This is one of the movies that remind me why I love cinema in the first place.
And definitely, one watch isn't enough to grasp all the details and the stories connected to other movies of Paolo Sorrentino.