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The Turning Point

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Italian thriller/buddy movie has violence, sex, language.

Movie NR 2022 90 minutes
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This is an unusual mix of a crime thriller and a buddy movie that mostly works. The Turning Point (aka La Svolta) seems at first to be a rather stock noir story about a street tough who brazenly steals money from a crime boss and ends up hiding out in the apartment of someone who's definitely not a street tough. While there's a hardboiled violent element that predominates the movie's story, there's also an unexpected buddy-movie comedy that emerges around depressed artist Ludovico and the Stockholm syndrome he develops for tough-guy Jack. It's almost a romcom, as Jack discovers that Ludovico has a genuine talent for graphic novel writing, and Ludovico discovers that Jack is hip to Nietzsche and gourmet cooking.

It's a bit ridiculous, yes, but it doesn't lessen the entertainment value. The acting and chemistry are very good, and the movie somehow keeps a brisk pace. "Somehow," because, eventually, these two well-trodden genres must inevitably clash, and clash they do as we get closer to the movie's third act. The movie tries to have it both ways. It wants the positive messages of the buddy movie with the nihilism of noir. By the time the movie ends, it's hard to get any clear takeaway, as by this point, the two genres are no longer allies. Nonetheless, it's a fun ride while it lasts.

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