Power, money and blood: these are the
values that the residents of the province of Naples and
Caserta confront every day. They have practically no choice,
and are forced to obey the rules of the “System,” the
Camorra. Only a lucky few can even think of leading a normal
Five stories are woven together in this violent scenario,
set in a cruel and ostensibly invented world, but one that
is deeply rooted in reality.
is “il sottomarino.” He pays the families of
the prisoners that are affiliated with his clan, a clan that
has the undisputed command of the territory. He is sharp,
discreet and carries out his job without getting involved.
But at a certain point the clan begins to crumble. Unsure of
whom to take orders from, he has to worry about his own
is 13 years old and can’t wait to grow up. So he
begins his training in the school of life, one step at a
time, until one day he has to make an irreversible decision.
Marco and Ciro
think they are living in a Brian de
Palma film, but in the eyes of the “system” they are only
two stray dogs whose acts of bravado are disturbing the
orderly routine of business.
is a university graduate and wants to work.
Franco offers him a great opportunity, steady employment
with good earning prospects: a job in the field of toxic
waste management. But the reality of his task is too
disconcerting to Roberto’s conscience.
is a talented tailor who works under the
table for a small enterprise subcontracted by the haute
couture clothes industry. Chinese competitors give him the
opportunity to teach the secrets of his trade to their
workers. He is seduced and gratified by the opportunity and
accepts, putting his life in danger.
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