A charming 1996 comedy-drama that takes a small event, a cat that goes missing in the Bastille area of Paris, and elevates it into a thought provoking metaphor about the self-obsessed and often self-imposed isolation of many city dwellers.
A cinematic experience that evokes the spirit of Fellini or Rossellini, with the lush cinematography and social satire that has always been such a grand tradition in Italian cinema. With The Great Beauty, director Paolo Sorrentino pays homage to the hidden beauty of The Eternal City, while at the same time commenting on the moral and ethical decay of a city, a people and probably society in general.
Raquel has been working as a live-in maid for more than 20 years in the household of an affluent Chilean family. When the lady of the house decides to bring in another maid to help with the workload, cracks begin to show in Raquel’s ability to separate her own identity from that of the family she has served for so many years.