THE HAND OF GOD – Review by Jennifer Green

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Italy’s 2021 submission for the International Oscar is a beautiful coming-of-age story and a love letter to both director Paolo Sorrentino’s native Naples and the art of filmmaking. There are many memorable images in The Hand of God, mostly involving a contrast of dark interiors with the sapphire Mediterranean and the blinding sun of southern Italy. Likewise, the film’s characters and scenarios are extremely evocative.

Teen Fabietto (Filippo Scotti) lives with his loving parents, Saverio (Toni Servillo) and Maria (Teresa Saponangelo); big brother Marchino (Marlon Joubert)’ and a sister who never leaves the bathroom in The Hand of God (E Stata la Mano di Dio). Life is good in 1980s Naples — Fabietto has a large extended family and plans to study philosophy at the university. But when tragedy strikes, Fabietto has to redefine his life and his plans for the future. Continue reading.

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Jennifer Green

Jennifer discovered a passion for international movies as an escape from her graduate studies in San Francisco, but it wasn’t until she moved to Spain that she realized she could make a career of it. After a stint in the ABC News Madrid Bureau, where -- among other things -- she got to meet the country’s first female bullfighter, she became Screen International's correspondent for Spain and Portugal. She's been writing about the film industry in Europe and Latin America for more than 20 years, most recently for The Hollywood Reporter. She began teaching journalism and film in 2005 and in 2014 launched the newspaper column/website Films from Afar, dedicated to curating and reviewing international movies available for home viewing in the United States. She's been invited to sit on film festival juries across Spain and North Africa, most recently on the Critics’ Jury at the Malaga Film Festival. Her children are being raised between Spain and the United States.