An ice-cool psychological thriller, 'The Consequences of Love', from the director of the Oscar-winning 'The Great Beauty', is the mesmeric story of superior former stockbroker Titta di Girolamo (Toni Servillo), serving out a life-sentence from Cosa Nostra in an anonymous hotel in a Swiss-Italian town near Lake Lugarno. Daily, he sits in the lobby, smoking cigarettes with elegant poise. He observes the hotel guests and especially the bartender, Sofia, (Olivia Magnani, granddaughter of Italy's famous actress Anna Magnani), but never acknowledges her attempts to be friendly.
At night, he plays cards with the former hotel owners who lost the hotel to gambling, before he gets ready for another night without sleep. His detachment from the world is complete, until Sofia breaks through his reserve - and his neatly organised world turns upside down.
★★★★ "A deadpan black comic insight into mafia violence" - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
★★★★★ "Undeniably arthouse, yet as thrilling and polished as anything in the multiplex" - Jonathan Trout, BBC