That director Roberto Andò’s movies are as satisfying as a good book is no mistake because Andò is also an author; his latest movie, Le Confessioni (The Confessions) is like a mystery novel that is impossible to put down.
In Le Confessioni, Roberto Andò pits the International Monetary Fund against a mysterious monk played by Toni Servillo.
Billed as a “thriller”, Le Confessioni is more a good old-fashioned whodunit, one that is staged in my favorite way; it’s got a big “Clue Game” cast of characters in forced seclusion at a picturesque luxury hotel by the sea plus a murder (or was it a suicide?). Everybody seems a little sinister, including the monk (Toni Servillo) who was invited by the rich and powerful director (Daniel Auteui) for reasons that no one’s quite sure of.
Tony Servillo has made a career playing guys that are unflappable, cool as cucumbers, but this is a different kind of serenity, one that comes from integrity instead of arrogance. As everyone around him frets and panics, insisting he tell them what the director shared with him the night he died, the monk is relaxed and composed in his resolve to keep the seal of the confessional.
It was announced that Le Confessioni opened “Friday in theaters across the US!”, according to Uncork’d Entertainment, but multiple emails, tweets, and messages to Uncork’d have been ignored so I am unable to report WHERE in the USA. I found one theater in New York:
One showtime very inconvenient 11:00 am.