The most terrifying grin you’ll see at the movies this year doesn’t belong to the Joker or Pennywise. It’s affixed to the face of Silvio Berlusconi, the former prime minister of Italy, as portrayed by Toni Servillo in Loro, the new film from Paolo Sorrentino. Berlusconi's grin is clownish and rictus-like, and he wields it as a tool of seduction. Whether he’s trying to woo a senator or a dewy young woman in a short skirt, his smile floats through this fizzy, caustic satire like the Cheshire Cat. You get so distracted by it, you don’t feel his claws sinking into your flesh.

by Robert Ham
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Paolo Sorrentino
Riccardo Scamarcio, Toni Servillo, Elena Sofia Ricci