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Martin Eden Rated 15

Martin Eden

Dir. Pietro Marcello. Italy, 2020. 2h 9m. Italian/subs. Starring Luca Marinelli, Jessica Cressy, Vincenzo Nemolato, Marco Leonardi, Pietro Ragusa, Carmen Pommella.

A young sailor with hopes of becoming an artist dreams of rising above his station and marrying a wealthy young university student. He quickly proves himself to be a talented self-taught writer, but his pursuit of individual success leaves him torn between a new bourgeois life and allegiance to his working-class roots. Poverty, politics and poetry are the beating heart of Pietro Marcello's sweepingly stylish adaptation of Jack London’s 1909 novel.

’An adaption that is both scrupulously faithful and wildly, almost insanely inventive. When I first saw the movie…I almost lost my mind.’ A. O. Scott, New York Times

‘Spellbinding. One of the best films of the last decade.’ Sight and Sound Magazine