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The film, based on Aeschylus' homonymous Greek tragedy “the Eumenides", follows the last night of a wild young man from the Roman upper class. He has committed a murder, and he wanders the streets of Rome all night long, escaping his demons, waiting for his judgment.
The filmic experience is created by the modernization of mythology, searching for our forefathers in the contemporary world.
The protagonist of the story, Valerio, is playing himself; he moves through his neighborhood and interacts with his people, non-professional actors, taken from their ordinary lives and forced to imitate themselves. The profilmic elements shouldn’t be able to distinguish reality from filming, except for rare moments of direction.
The movie is shot in a way that the protagonists barely notice: the cell phone. A mundane object which has become the only cinematographic artifice capable of capturing the reality of a generation, and brings an ancient format to the modern world.
The imagery of the movie, filmed in 2.39, is in a highly contrasted black and white format; fluctuating indoor scenes full of light and white screens which precipitate into the black exterior.
The blacks and whites alternate and battle all night long, until the break of day, that colors the world in gray.