THE VICE OF HOPE
IL VIZIO DELLA SPERANZA
2019, True Colors, 100 min, Italy, Dir: Edoardo De Angelis

A follow-up to Edoardo De Angelis’ 2016 critically acclaimed INDIVISIBLE, THE VICE OF HOPE follows Maria (Pina Turco), a young woman involved in human trafficking. Maria’s job within the criminal enterprise is a grim one: She shepherds pregnant African prostitutes, whose babies are sold as soon as they are born. Given her own grueling past as a hustler, Maria is largely resigned to her miserable work - until an unexpected circumstance offers a glimmer of hope. Set in the same Camorra-infested Neapolitan coastal towns as such films as GOMORRAH and DOGMAN, THE VICE OF HOPE is an uncompromising, yet ultimately optimistic look at some of the darkest corners of society. “While dealing with actual social problems of criminality and gendered poverty, [the film] manages to avoid the dull, prescriptive social realism so typical of ‘issue pictures.’” - Michael Sicinski, Cinema Scope.


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