Film review: Io Capitano directed by Matteo Garrone

Io Capitano is a touching movie that tells the story of two teenagers from Senegal who want to find a better life in Europe. They go on a dangerous journey through the Sahara Desert and across the Mediterranean Sea. The film shows the hard reality faced by migrants. It will be released in the UK on 5th April 2024 and is a mix of real-life events and some magical elements.

Io Capitano movie poster

The story

Longing for a brighter future, two Senegalese teenagers, Seydou and Moussa, embark on a journey from West Africa to Italy. However, between their dreams and reality lies a labyrinth of checkpoints, the Sahara Desert, and the vast waters of the Mediterranean.
 

The trailer

The verdict

Io Capitano makes you feel deeply emotional. I found myself in tears for a solid 10 minutes after the movie ended. It wasn’t just the incredible performances that moved me, but also the poignant stories of the migrants, which hit close to home in Italy. It’s a sensitive and touching topic, and I truly hope Garrone receives the recognition he deserves at the Oscars for this masterpiece. It sheds light on an essential issue, one that I fear many people outside of Europe may not fully grasp.

The performances are heartfelt, and the story connects with Italy and its people. It’s a masterpiece that shows the migrant journey without being too preachy or political.

The movie helps you understand the struggles of migrants. It shows their journey and makes you think about their lives. The film wants to raise awareness about migration without forcing opinions on you.

The cinematography in Io Capitano is stunning. It captures the beauty and warmth of the journey, even in tough situations. The actors are not professionals, which makes the story feel more real and relatable.

Io Capitano tells the migrant story in a unique way. It’s not about politics or rebellion. Instead, it lets you see things from different perspectives and decide for yourself. The movie feels warm and moving.

Even though Io Capitano is about Seydou’s journey, it resonates with people all over the world. It’s like a hero’s adventure, showing Seydou’s struggles and triumphs as he grows up. The casting in Io Capitano is brilliant: Using non-professional actors adds authenticity to the story. It’s a bold choice that pays off and makes the movie even more powerful.

Io Capitano is not just a movie; it’s an experience. It shows the migrant journey in a balanced way, mixing realism with magic. Matteo Garrone’s direction brings the story to life, making it a must-watch for everyone.

Key Details

  • Director: Matteo Garrone
  • Languages: French, Wolof, English
  • Box Office: 4.8 million USD
  • Producers: Matteo Garrone, Paolo Del Brocco

London Mums’ rating: 10/10 

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