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Human Capital

Year: 2014

Genre: Drama

Duration: 109 mins

Starring: Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Matilde Gioli, Valeria Bruni

Director: Paolo Virzi

Human Capital starts at the end, as a cyclist is run off the road by a careening SUV the night before Christmas Eve. As details emerge of the events leading up to the accident, the lives of the well-to-do Bernaschi family, privileged and detached, will intertwine with the Rovellis, struggling to keep their comfortable middle-class life, in ways neither could have expected. Dino Rovelli, in dire financial straits, anticipates the birth of twins with his second wife. Meanwhile, Dino's teenage daughter's relationship with hedge-fund manager Giovanni Bernaschi's playboy son complicates an already tricky social dance of status, money and ambition. Human Capital is Italy's submission to the 2015 Academy Awards. This film is part of our Rome season with The House of Peroni.