“The ‘Luzzu’ May Be Sinking, But Alex Camilleri’s Wonderful Debut Stays Afloat”

The similarities between the films of Jonas Carpignano and this film by Alex Camilleri are valid and hard to ignore. Really, they shouldn’t be ignored, because they speak to a modern day Europe, whether Italy or Malta specifically, and to the political, culture-wide problems that trickle down to create new, specific problems for society’s most vulnerable people.

In spite of all that Luzzu is a gentle, moving film. You’d think it would take a harsher bent. It’s not like a pillow fight or anything; it has its edges. But I think Camilleri puts empathy first and commentary second, because the former enhances the latter.

You can read my full review over at Paste Magazine.

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