Lost Weekend III: Human Capital

In a year in which scathing assessments of the causes, repercussions, and continued failures from the 2008 financial collapse have often taken center stage, it’s nice to have a set of eyes across the Atlantic take it all in and give us another perspective on financial greed. 2013’s Human Capital (Il capitale umano), from Italy’s Paolo Virzi, gives us a glimpse of what happened during his country’s economic meltdown of 2010. Characters from every walk of life intertwine in a story that unfolds in four chapters, each one giving us a different point of view of the central, biting issue of the movie – the fatal hit and run of a working class waiter. Every character is affected by this event, and while lives are turned upside down by the engaging, unfolding narrative, the resolution of it all leaves much to be desired.

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Lost Weekend III: Human Capital

Take the Risk: Invest in Paolo Virzì’s Human Capital (2013)

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What is the value of human life? How much is your own life worth? You may not be able to put a price on it, but insurance companies surely can. As we are reminded in Paolo Virzì’s Human Capital (Il Capitale Umano, Italy, 2013), there’s even a formula to quantify a person’s financial worth based on “life expectancy, earning capacity, quantity and quality of emotional bonds.”

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Take the Risk: Invest in Paolo Virzì’s Human Capital (2013)