Black Souls

So many story elements from The Godfather turn up in this Italian crime saga that it should probably have a Roman numeral in the title, but writer-director Franceso Munzi has particularized the familial relationships enough for it to stand on its own. (As Tolstoy wrote, all happy crime families are the same but each unhappy crime family is unhappy in its own way.) Again the story centers on three grown brothers, though the power dynamic among them has been inverted so that the youngest (Marco Leonardi) is the eager criminal and the oldest (Fabrizio Ferracane) is the one who wants no part of the business. As in The Godfather, an obscure but growing threat from a criminal rival exacerbates the differences among the brothers, ultimately yielding the usual bloody vendettas and grieving mothers. In Italian with subtitles.