THE TRAITOR (145 R)
The real life of Tommaso Buscetta the so called “boss of the two worlds”, first mafia informant in Sicily 1980’s.
Director: Marco Bellocchio
Writers: Marco Bellocchio, Valia Santella
Stars: Pierfrancesco Favino, Luigi Lo Cascio, Fausto Russo Alesi
A professed “simple soldier” of the Cosa Nostra turns stool pigeon in Marco Bellocchio’s fact-based gangland drama, which presumes foreknowledge of the life, crimes and snitches of Tommaso Buscetta, played with brio by Pierfrancesco Favino. It’s set in the 1980s, when Buscetta made himself wanted (and despised) by both cops and robbers, while splitting his time between Italy and Rio de Janeiro. Can we blame him for selling out? One of the film’s many searing scenes has him choosing between squealing or watching his wife fall from a helicopter. How I wish this had been made by Gomorrah’s Matteo Garrone, who brings more verve to a story this populated and complicated, yet this mob tale steals our attention.
– Peter Howell, Toronto Star