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TIFF 2021: “Three Floors”


Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Whenever we pass by any building or house, no matter how calm and quiet it may look from the outside, there’s chaos inside. Lives get shattered, people keep laughing and crying. There is drama occurring we are not aware of. It’s the life inside of walls which it could tell us if it were able to talk.

Nothing predicted that an ordinary evening will turn into a nightmare. The life of three neighbors living in the same building will connect through a car accident. Andrea (Alessandro Sperdutti), heavily drunk while driving his car, after seeing a pregnant woman, was lucky not to hit her, but instead fatally hits another pedestrian instead. When Lucio (Riccardo Scamarcio) leaves his daughter with an older neighbor, the girl and the man disappear. When he finds them, the heartbroken father is sure that the man has sexually assaulted her. Yet, he soon faces his own legal battle having been accused of having sex with an underage girl.

“Three Floors” is another flawless Italian drama coming from director Nanni Moretti. Spanning over ten years, the film unfolds deep wounds of three families, mental issues, sexual assaults, car accident, betrayal, abandonment and redemption. It’s a moving and highly effective drama filled with solid performances from prominent Italian actors, including Margherita Buy, Riccardo Scamarcio, Alba Rohrwacher, Adriano Giannini, Elena Lietti, Alessandro Sperduti, Denise Tantucci, Nanni Moretti, Anna Bonaiuto, Paolo Graziosi, Stefano Dionisi and Tommaso Ragno.

If there’s anything the film teaches, it’s that time heals pain. However, the same time deepens the same pain for some, creating no way out. It’s “Three Floors” and three levels of life all of them must pass. One way or another, they will succeed. For some, the outcome won’t as happy it should be. The same way it happens in real life. And that’s the beauty of the film; it has no pity or remorse towards its characters. It creates a flow for everyone involved to follow. It’s a matter of choice one should make. The rest of it, I hope, you will find out after watching this beautifully crafted film.

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