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The Prophecy of the Armadillo | Review

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Published on Sep 12, 2018

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Although different, all the cinecomics, we have taught a great lesson: if you decide to bring a comic book to the big screen has, already from the start, the uphill road and this Emanuele Scaringi knew it well.

The debutant director, however, did not let scare you from the idea to disappoint the public, nor from the difficulty of having to adapt a comic book, the Prophecy of The Armadillo, so intimate and fragmentary, the red wire oscillates between a series of feelings and issues so intimate as universal. It is probably also due to the general skepticism with which, perhaps, it is normal you approach a film of this genre, that the final product is even more effective and emotionally engaging, able to offer to the “novices” of the Zero a strong story, deep and fun and at the same time, fans of the author of Rebibbia, a new perspective of interpretation of the original work.

The whole story, as well as in the comic, follows a part Zerocalcare struggling with the processing of the disappearance of the old school friend Camille (with which Zero, together with the friends of the Dry and Greta, lived unforgettable moments in adolescence), and, on the other, the artist himself facing a life divided between “jobs” of little account and the dream of becoming a cartoonist. To accompany it, the inevitable Armadillo (his consciousness of the “living”) and the friend of Dry, as well as the protective mother Lady Cocca (for the occasion, appearing as “human”).

The world created by Zerocalcare seem, therefore, to open itself in all its sharp irony and depth on the big screen: the gag with the Armadillo, good monologues against the system and the whole of the roman world (both Dry and in the same city, where you can breathe the air of the suburbs thanks to shooting urban full of a poetic, without common places, which rather emphasizes that pasolini sense of the beauty of the world popular, here powered thanks also to the excursus in the world of nerd) perfectly reproduce the tone which is typical of the comics Zerocalcare.

Play the Armadillo (the only character's “surreal” along with the “monster” of Camille) through the use of a custom “rustic” but perfectly integrated in the context, turns out to be one of the bets won by the whole production (especially from make-up artists and costume designers), thanks to the versatility and skill of the actor Valerio Aprea. The choice to interpret Lady Cocca to a “bourgeois” (and in the flesh) Laura Morante might, however, be debated to the fundamentalists, but it's still coherent with the context and is therefore, also an actress, she brings home a performance more than satisfactory. Honorable mention also to the soundtrack, with the merit of the act as an emotional amplifier, featuring also the unique personality and rebels Camille: the song is politically committed to “Le Chants des Partisans” of Motivés resonates fully, unlike the comics, in the ears of the spectators.

The Prophecy of the Armadillo is not (and could not be), however, a simple tribute to a cartoonist, so beloved by the public: the story is, thanks to the screenplay of the Limestone itself, a focus on one of the countless themes offered by the graphic novel.

A cohesive narrative structure (inevitable to ensure that flow in the film story) and puts them under the spotlight, also thanks to the film suggestions, Camille, and his existential drama, erecting ideally the girl to a universal symbol of sensitivity and diversity is not accepted in this world. The young girl, who moved from Toulouse to Rome with the family for a few years, is present throughout the film, appearing alive and real in the thoughts of Zero, made by flashback, which stand in moments of transition narrative.

Therefore the temporal planes merge and collaborate together to underline the melancholy certainty of the vanity of life and of time, which inexorably slips between the hands. Peak dramatic, in this sense, the ceremony organized in honor of the girl in France, in which the ironic and the dramatic talk of Zero comes straight to the stomach and grasps the essential point of the whole movie: “When is the anorexia to take you via a person, with whom you get it?”. Maybe with yourself, for not having expressed your feelings before it was too late... the Guardian of The Timing-he never abandons us: tic tac, tic tac.

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