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Bad Tales(Favolacce)

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Italy, Switzerland · 2020
1h 38m
Director Damiano D'Innocenzo, Fabio D'Innocenzo
Starring Elio Germano, Tommaso Di Cola
Genre Drama

An apparently normal community on the outskirts of Rome hides the sadism of its fathers, the passivity of its mothers, and the desperation of its children. Here, four suburban kids on the cusp of puberty struggle to adapt to the banality of their parents’ world.

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The New York Times by A.O. Scott

The story is both overwrought and underdeveloped, with potentially important plot details insufficiently explained or left out altogether.


The Film Stage by David Katz

Even if the impact Bad Tales creates ultimately feels cheap, there’s no denying the force and expert construction of it.


The Hollywood Reporter by Deborah Young

Surprising, disconcerting and droll, this Italo-Swiss co-prod packs the grotesquerie of an Ulrich Seidl film minus the sex, plus vivid acting. Its weakest link is on the narrative level.


Screen Daily by Jonathan Romney

Provocative Italian feature Bad Tales is one of those films that aren’t afraid to confront you with the grimmest aspects of the human condition, but yet leave you feeling strangely exalted by the sheer cinematic invention involved.


Los Angeles Times by Robert Abele

As a curdled storybook, Bad Tales is highly watchable. The problem is that the brothers aren’t telling stories fueled by powerful characters; they’re staging awkward cruelties as if for a gallery show.


Slant Magazine by William Repass

Narration, as the film reminds us, isn’t only a diversion but a form of authority, of power, and when authority is least conspicuous, it’s often at its most insidious.

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