A master storyteller.
Varesi's plotting is sound and his pacing good. Where he raises his game from the common crime ruck, however, is in his almost painterly evocation of a wretchedly dark atmosphere and character. He could be the long-lost heir to Caravaggio.
Varesi's talent for evoking place and time draws a politically and socially engaged picture of Italy's past.
Excellent . . . Compellingly reveals an authentic darkness at the heart of modern Italy.
Sinisterly atmospheric, cunningly plotted . . . Shot through with lightning flashes of sardonic humour.