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The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza)

Director Paolo Sorrentino crafts a gorgeous valentine to the city of Rome and its people with this drama about an ageing man, who embraces an unexpected second wind. Jep Gambardella (Toni Servillo) is a famous and charming 65-year-old journalist and cad, who loves to surround himself with young and beautiful socialites. He throws extravagant parties while every perfect smile is a facade for the disenchantment and sadness percolating beneath the surface. He enjoys a relationship with a stripper called Ramona (Sabrina Ferilli) but nothing touches his heart until a man arrives on the doorstep to reveal that his late wife, Elisa, was Jep's old flame and she never recovered from that first love. Haunted by memories of Elisa, Jep is compelled to re-evaluate his soulless existence and consider if he let the greatest beauty of his life slip through his fingers.