Paul Elliott’s review published on Letterboxd:
The Great Beauty is a supplely directed social parody that’s co-written and directed by Paolo Sorrentino. It observes journalist Jep Gambardella (portrayed by Toni Servillo) who, after his sixty-fifth birthday, discovers himself misplaced between memories of the past and the anxieties of the time ahead. The movie rotates with surrealism while at the same time dispenses a level of deep sadness on a midlife crisis. The narrative is intoxicatingly immersive in its splendidness and fittingly won the best foreign-language Oscar at the 86th Academy Awards. This is a tremendous metaphorical reflection on mortality, and of valuable time squandered.