Al Di Qua, directed by Corrado Franco, is a sobering and heartbreaking doc about the homeless in Turin, Italy. The black-and-white cinematography effectively compliments and even enriches its dark themes and melancholic atmosphere. Franco films many homeless people some of whom speak to the camera at times to tell their backstory of how they ended up homeless. To learn how little help social services for them is quite alarming and horrifying. Although Al Di Qua puts a human face on the complex, universal human rights issue of homelessness, it's limited in scope because it only focuses on the homeless population without interviewing anyone from any social services who'd be able shed light on the issue and provide more perspective. More focus on substance and less on visual style---or pretentious scenes like the homeless marching slowly toward a hospital's chapel---would have made this doc far more insightful rather than just deeply moving. That said, the quieter moments showing the homeless' daily lives feel the most potent because images often speak louder than words. At an ideal running time of 82 minutes, Al Di Qua opens at Cinema Village. It would make for an interesting double feature with The Florida Project, On the Bowery, and the under-seen 1940s doc The Forgotten Village.
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