Loro 1 (2018)

# 15832 IMDb

Loro 1 (2018


taglineTutto vero, tutto falso (All true, all false)

Director: Paolo Sorrentino

Stars: Riccardo Scamarcio, Kasia Smutniak, Toni Servillo, Iaia Forte, Dario Cantarelli

Biography, Drama (1h 44min)

Italy Italy, France France

Rated 6.7 after 4,516 votes on 08-Apr-20.

7 wins & 22 nominations


A film about the life of Silvio Berlusconi.


Paolo Sorrentino (director) Toni Servillo Elena Sofia Ricci Riccardo Scamarcio Kasia Smutniak Fabrizio Bentivoglio Anna Bonaiuto

Toni Servillo (Silvio Berlusconi), Elena Sofia Ricci (Veronica Lario), Riccardo Scamarcio (Sergio Morra), Kasia Smutniak (Kira), Euridice Axen (Tamara), Fabrizio Bentivoglio (Santino Recchia), Roberto De Francesco (Fabrizio Sala), Dario Cantarelli (Paolo Spagnolo), Anna Bonaiuto (Cupa Caiafa), Giovanni Esposito (Mariano Apicella), Ugo Pagliai (Mike Bongiorno), Ricky Memphis (Riccardo Pasta), Duccio Camerini (Rocco Barbaro), Yann Gael (Michel Martinez), Lorenzo Gioielli (Senatore), Alice Pagani (Stella), Caroline Tillette (Violetta Saba), Iaia Forte (Nuotatrice), Michela Cescon (Marinella), Mattia Sbragia (Fedele Confalonieri), Roberto Herlitzka (Crepuscolo), Fabio Concato (Himself), Milvia Marigliano (Signora Telefonata), Giulia Alberti (Presentatrice Tv), Paolo Buglioni (Ernesto Morra), Angelica Cacciapaglia (Sposa), Marina Evangelista (Local Products Presenter), Tommaso Foglio (Nipote di Berlusconi), Giulio Greco (Pool Party Guest), Antigone Kouloukakos (Palmira), Lorenzo Marte Menicucci (Doctor), Giulia Pagnacco (Jayne Mansfield), Giulia Rinallo (Cubista), Fabio Rossini (Capo Scorta Santino), Pasqualina Sanna (Noemi Letizia), Gigi Savoia (Elio Letizia), Giulia Todaro (Miss Lato B), Jessica Piccolo Valerani (Antonellina)

From the same director


Paolo Sorrentino (story), Paolo Sorrentino (screenplay), Umberto Contarello (screenplay)

Produced by

Carlotta Calori (producer), Francesca Cima (producer), Gennaro Formisano (line producer), Nicola Giuliano (producer), Luca Pataro (assistant producer), Viola Prestieri (producer), Ardavan Safaee (co-producer), Muriel Sauzay (co-producer), Jérôme Seydoux (co-producer)



Politics is entertainment now. Just one long performance. Witness Silvio Berlusconi who foreshadows the rise of Trump (the two are remarkably similar). Loro satirizes Berlusconi as he starts to lose his grip on power about ten years ago. Under Berlusconi the route to influence and authority is not through enlightenment or better ways of doing business, but trafficking young women, reality shows, lavish parties, yachts and cocaine.

Loro doesn't just take a dim view of Berlusconi, it provides a realistic portrayal of the man. We see the charming salesman who understands human nature and capitalizes on this knowledge. Truth is in tone of voice. "I don't know," says Berlusconi "I understand." Toni Servillo's brilliant performance as Berlusconi heightens this effect. The average Italian, Berlusconi maintains, has the intelligence of second grader. Altruism is the best way to be selfish, for in this way he appears to be good. The ultimate judgement is left to Berlusconi's wife Veronica. "You had the opportunity to help Italy and its people," she says "but you helped yourself instead."

Besides Veronica, there are intriguing portraits of other characters in Berlusconi's orbit. One of them is a very successful, intelligent and beguiling escort. "Girls like me," she says "are stupid when we dream."

Loro provides a fascinating, raw, imaginative and frightening look into the realities of modern politics from the uniquely in-your-face Italian vantage point. It is as wacky as it is cerebral. The film is fast paced and jarring in a good way. Seat shaking base music, rapid dialogue, incredible island villas, stylish clothes, impressive machinery and eye-popping nudity kept me on the edge of my seat. Loro is disjointed at times because there is so much going on, but the general effect is pleasing. The ending of the film is totally unique and perfect for the subject matter; what is important hopefully survives the disaster of modern politics. Knowledge and interest in Italian politics is recommended. Seen at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival.


An obstacle was that Sorrentino's usual Italian co-financier Medusa Film, which is controlled by Berlusconi, was not willing to participate in this production.

6 total 


7 wins & 22 nominations 
David di Donatello Awards • Golden Ciak Awards • Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists

Other titles

Loro 1 ((original title); Turkey (Turkish title)) • Те (Bulgaria (Bulgarian title)) • Silvio og de andre (Denmark) • Silvio et les autres 1 (France) • Loro - Die Verführten (Germany) • Silvio és a többiek (Hungary) • Oni (Poland) • Silvio e os Outros (Portugal) • Лоро 1 (Russia) • Silvio (y los otros) (Spain) • Silvio (y los otros), 1ª parte (Spain (alternative title)) • Сiльвiо та iншi 1 (Ukraine) • Loro (UK)



Australia:MA15+ / Denmark:11 / France:Tous publics / Germany:12 / Ireland:18 / Italy:T / Netherlands:16 / Norway:15 / Portugal:M/16 / Russia:18+ / South Korea:18 / Spain:16 / Switzerland:14 / Taiwan:PG-12 / Turkey:18+ / United Kingdom:18


Indigo Film, Pathé (co-production), France 2 Cinéma (co-production), OCS (with the participation of), France Télévisions (with the participation of), Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali e del Turismo (MiBACT) (support), Regione Lazio (support), Fondazione Sardegna Film Commission (support)


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