'Black Souls' a top-notch Italian gangster film

April 24, 2015 12:07 PM

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A bleak tragedy orchestrated in a Mafia key, "Black Souls" ("Anime Nere" in Italian) is broodingly effective as a crime drama because it's driven by family dynamics as much as the mechanics of transgression.

Directed and co-written by Francesco Munzi, "Black Souls" is set not in the Sicily of the "Godfather" saga or even the Camorra-run areas surrounding Naples featured in 2008's excellent "Gomorrah."

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