Alessandro Preziosi, Francesco Mandelli, Francesco Di Leva, Cristina Donadio, Peppe Lanzetta, Andrea Renzi, Antonino Iuorio, Ernesto Mahieux, Giuseppe D'Ambrosio, Eliana Miglio, Francesco Biscione, Viviana Cangiano, Francesca Romana Bergamo, Giuseppe Cirillo, Maritè Musella, Giancarlo Cosentino, Margherita Romeo, Vincenzo Del Prete, Pio Del Prete, Ramon D’Andrea , Giuseppe Cirillo
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The story of Albert Camus’ La Peste, originally set in Algeria in 1947, moves to Naples in the present day. During the hardest days of the lockdown, a film crew shoots a film adapted from Camus’ La Peste.
The reality of the actors’ lives alternates with the fiction of theactors who play the characters: the two narrative levels gradually come together.
Corso Umberto, Rione Sanità, the Baths, the Mergellina station, the Hotel Oriente, the Prefecture, streets, corners, mostly deserted: Naples is in full lockdown. A spectral timeless city in the contemporary reinterpretation of Albert Camus’ La Peste by Francesco Patierno, in which the feelings, the fears and the conflicts in the book slide harmoniously into the disorientation generated by the pandemic, and pieces of reality, such as the desperate man who roams the streets at night shouting, reflect the text. A hospital, its doctors and volunteers, the city officials, the tradesmen, everyday people, all mix with a crew making a film of La Peste, in a terse and engaging common drama. Some wish to escape. Some decide to stay. But fear cannot be confronted alone.
The Cure is not a mere adaptation of Camus’ La Peste, but starts from the story set in Algeria in 1947, using an original and engaging mechanism, to talk about the months that changed the world, society, people.
In particular, the film moves the novel’s setting to Naples in the present time, and in addition to reworking the language and the dialogues to bring them closer to our everyday conversations, it concentrates on a dramatic structure that reserves many a surprise, and on the major themes of the catastrophe that struck us all. Fear, the feeling of separation, the contrast between science and faith, and above all the solidarity and empathy between people, as the sole remedy against the disease.