Beleaguered Italian opposition politician decides he needs a break and absconds, leaving his fraught aide to recruit a bipolar twin brother, recently released from psychiatric care, as temporary double. With Servillo playing both the sluggard politician and his intense but inspirational twin and Andò in charge of his own material, this commentary on the house of cards that is Italian politics deals in illusion and reality with satisfying, if slightly long-winded, effect.
Viva la libertà | Directed by Roberto Andò (Italy 2013) with Toni Servillo, Valerio Mastandrea, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi. Starts February 27
Originally published in issue #125, March 2014.