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'Viva' could use more verve in the story department
'Viva' could use more verve in the story department

The would-be thriller "Viva la Libertà" gives the usually compelling Toni Servillo dual roles: an enervated senator and the exuberant lookalike philosopher who fills in for him. Though the actor ably creates two distinct people, neither part is entirely convincing in this stuck-in-neutral feature, which combines a vague commentary on Italian politics with a vague portrayal of middle-aged awakening. Twins who shared a youthful love of cinema get to perform in a real-life drama after Enrico, ineffective leader of the struggling opposition party, goes AWOL in the lead-up to a national election. Conveniently, the public knows nothing about the brother he hasn't seen in 25...

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