A group of aged Italian males sit round consuming crimson wine, consuming spaghetti and buying and selling native people tales handed down by their dad and mom and grandparents. It was completely different again then, explains one previous boy; there was no TV, so individuals needed to sit round speaking of a night (although sitting round speaking is exactly what this lot are doing). He tells the story of Luciano, the illegitimate son of an area physician someday within the nineteenth century. It’s a darkish story, he warns. Though presumably not darkish sufficient. What first-time characteristic administrators Alessio Rigo de Righi and Matteo Zoppis appear to be going for here’s a Herzogian waking nightmare, however the vital sense of horror and despair by no means totally comes off.
Their movie offers us two episodes within the lifetime of legendary Luciano, a drunk who villagers whisper has seen the within of a psychiatric hospital. He’s performed by Gabriele Silli, an artist and painter pal of the administrators appearing right here for the primary time, bringing a tortured Nick Cave high quality to the half – in addition to a pair piercing inexperienced eyes excellent for the a part of a loner who may be half-crazed or a visionary. Luciano is livid with an area nobleman for locking a wood gate normally left open to let shepherds go. His anger might need one thing to do with being in love with shepherd’s daughter Emma (Maria Alexandra Lungu) – although cinematographer Simone D’Arcangelo’s attractive photographs of the Italian countryside are much more ravishing than the pair’s deeply un-sensual, mannered romantic scenes.
Something dramatic occurs, and the motion strikes to Argentina a couple of years later, the place the movie goes full Herzog. Luciano is now impersonating a preacher and searching for hidden treasure within the firm of thieving pirates and the crab of the title – a mad folly of an expedition that doesn’t really feel fairly warped sufficient, missing in some way in putting pictures or temper. It by no means fairly comes collectively.