The world is put on hold by a pandemic, and a lockdown makes an apartment in Rome the same as one in Milan, Naples, Paris or New York. Each story is identical yet at the same time, unique and personal. But this film is about a different virus that is far more dangerous. Four twenty-somethings share an apartment; holed up inside due to Covid-19, they hit on a way to make easy money off their not exactly above-board landlord. Their own decisions and their actions become more and more dodgy, until the consequences rip through all their hopes, dreams, fears and loves, right up to the surprise denouement of this very black comedy, or very comical tragedy.
“During all phases of the filmmaking, my mantra was to be honest and brave; not to make a film for the money or for the acclaim, or to console audiences. I would run the risk of failing; choose the right actors, the best ones, the sole criteria; I’d film using long shots, with the risk of having to toss days and days of work, and experiment with the editing by scaling back on it at the start, so that every cut would really matter. Then I’d cut the film more and more, as the story became darker, along with the cinematography and the music, and the trust between the main characters wavered, reality became altered and broke down before our eyes. I wanted to do all of this and show all of this, but the metaphor had to become clear just at the end, without suffocating the story, the emotions, and the entertainment inherent in the story itself. My only guide to the regions of the unknown would be the characters, with their very real conflicts, which are society’s own: everyday greed, selfishness, and sense of superiority.”