Genre: Sci-Fi / Drama
Director: Gian Alfonso Pacinotti
Starring: Anna Bellato, Teco Celio, Ugo De Cesare, Gabriele Spinelli, Luca Marinelli
Duration: 100 min.
A story seen through the eyes of a seemingly misogynist man with only a desire for solitude and routine, that takes place during the last week before the arrival of an extraterrestrial civilization on Earth.
The Last Man on Earth is the debut film from Italian director and cartoonist Gian Alfonso Pacinotti better known as Gipi, based on a graphic novel by Giacomo Monti. It premiered in competition at the 2011 Venice Film Festival winning the Premio Pasinetti award for best debut, and the Premio Fondazione Mimmo Rotella award "for a film which shows a firm connection with the arts".
Abandoned at an early age by his mother, Luca Bertacci (Gabriele Spinelli) is now a lonely single man, lazily working in a bingo parlor, and his only friend is Roberta (Luca Marinelli) a transsexual prostitute who he's known since childhood. He's secretly in love with his pretty neighbor Anna (Anna Bellato) but doesn't have to courage or the social skills to approach her, his only hope at a better life seems to be from the oncoming arrival of aliens to earth.
Mostly a dry and dull affair with an uncharismatic lead character devoid of personality, and an even less likeable supporting cast. The film tries to make a statement about the current and future state of life in Italy and it does have a few small enjoyable moments of humor and a decent soundtrack, but ultimately it falls short of being either a satisfying or a thought provoking cinematic experience.
— Bonjour Tristesse