Film Review: The Family (Malavita)
By Yan Widjaya
Directed by: Luc Besson
is solely responsible for protecting the identity of the witness as
a family by giving them new identities and safe shelter. In this
movie Giovanni Manzoni is given a new name Fred Blake with his wife,
Maggie, and their teenage children Belle and Warren. Fred is a
veteran former gangster who betrayed the Mafia Don Luchese causing
the Godfather languishing in jail forever. After all, with his
power, Luchese continues to spread threads to finish off the Manzoni
family. Then it is the duty of FBI agent Robert Stansfield to
continue to move Manzoni family from city to city over the last ten
Story begins when they arrive in Normandy, France. Giovanni pretends to be an author at work on a WWII book. Wherever they came, there will always be chaos, explosions, and even murder by murder.
For the American distribution the film is entitled The Family, but the novel is Malavita, written by Benacquista Torino, and written to screenplay by director Luc Besson, a top French filmmaker known for La Femme Nikita and Leon. While the producer is none other than Martin Scorsese the famous filmmaker of hard gangster movies.
The main player, Robert De Niro, has worked with Scorsese in many
of his previous films including Godfellas and Casino. Of course the
legendary unforgettable acting in The Godfather Part II, Once Upon a
Time in America, and The Untouchables. Even now in the age of 70,
the actor who was born in New York, August 17, 1943 is showing off
This is the culmination of the work of Besson as a gangster movie
filmmaker, not only because it is played by three top artists, but
also the direction on a scene by scene with the flavor of humor that
tickles the tension that crept like a poisonous snake. His skill is
evident in the small scenes that were filmic, like the arrival of
old newspapers from Normandy to Singsing prison in New York. The
four Manzoni family members that appear to be calm actually have a
terrible madness. See how Blake beats the plumber, Maggie blow up a
mini market with gas, Belle brakes the student with tennis racket,
Warren with violence soon occupies his high school.
But wait, what exactly is the meaning of the title Malavita? Sorry for the spoiler, but that's the name of the family German shepherd pet that has been together with the Manzony since the beginning.
Written by Senior Journalist Yan Widjaya
Edited by TFR
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