This is your chance to catch one of my recent favorites, Salvo, from directors Antonio Piazza and Fabio Grassadonia and starring Saleh Bakri, Luigi Lo Cascio and Sara Serraiocco. It won the Critics Week Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
For Salvo (Bakri), more lonely gunslinger than slick mafioso, any joy he’s ever gotten from the proficiency of his chosen profession seems to have been sucked out of him. That his landlords (Lo Cascio) kowtow to him as if he is a king that might at any minute say, “Off with their heads!” is cold comfort in his emotionless routine, and the convenience of having subservients at his beck and call to keep the cops off his back is expected, not appreciated.
So when Salvo arrives for a hit and finds his target’s blind sister, Rita (Serraiocco), home alone, we really don’t see any clues as to why he doesn’t immediately whack her. She’s pretty? She’s blind? Whatever the reason for the mercy he shows her, it doesn’t extend to her brother. He does the job that he’s arrived to do, and then kidnaps Rita.
You don’t have Time Warner Cable? No problem; You can catch it on Amazon Instant Video.