This biting and stylish economic crisis murder mystery is based on Stephen Amidon’s prescient 2004 novel set in Connecticut, with the action transplanted to prosperous Milan. The destinies of two families are irrevocably tied together after a cyclist is hit off the road by a jeep in the night before Christmas Eve. Writer/producer/director Paolo Virzi is a major Italian film-maker, seen as one of the main heirs to the great Italian comic film tradition.
Human Capital was the Italian submission for consideration for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, and won 7 Italian David di Donatello awards (the Italian Oscars), including Best Film (a second Best Film David for Virzi after his 1996 win for Ferie d’Agosto).
“A slick, stylish drama, “Human Capital” starts as a class critique wrapped around a whodunit … an engrossing, stinging look at aspirational parvenus and the super-rich they emulate.” Jay Weissberg, Variety.
“some great fancy footwork in the narrative and fierce satirical strokes that recall Tom Wolfe. … a shrewd portrait of a rapacious, unhappy society.” Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian