The Ides of March: the betrayal of a life without forgiveness

The ides of MarchThe movie - directed by George Clooney and based on a Beau Willimon's Broadway play Farragut North - tells the story of Stephen Myers (Ryan Gosling) who works, under Paul Zara (Philip Seymour Hoffman), as junior campaign manager for the Democrat presidential candidate Governor Mike Morris (George Clooney).

Steve, while starting a relationship with a camping intern, is offered to switch side and go to work for the rival Campaign Manager Tom Duffy (Paul Giamatti), This will trigger a chain of events that will change the lives of the characters forever.

You may think that this is yet another political movie with the usual cliché but you ‘d be terribly wrong: politics is the magnifying lens through which a bigger drama then presidential elections is depicted.

In fact what makes you uneasy and almost hurts you physically, while you are caught in the plot and the climax of the movie, aren't the terrible mistakes and betrayals, or the striking contrast between the ideal and the impossibility to live up to it, but it's rather the impossibility of forgiveness, the absolute absence of a merciful sight.

Each character is profoundly alone with his secrets, errors, betrayals and the weight of them. There is no escape from this deadly condition where only T.S. Elliot's "usury, power and lust" seem to prevail. Even ideals or religion are empty words (the constitution as religion in the opening scene of the movie) or reverent formalism (the desperate speech of a "catholic" father facing the death of his child) they cannot touch or change life.

And the solution isn't telling the truth (so much so that the movie won’t tell if Steve will reveal it), the way out is not to condemn or unveil mistakes and secrets, trying to make things right. This won't fill the void of what is missing nor make you happy: when Steve seems to have obtained - at an incredible high price - what it wants, he stands sad among the crowd while listening to the speech that declares his success.

There is a need of something else that is missing. This absence and its terrible consequences are so well depicted in the movie that makes it - though painful - absolutely worth watching.

This great movie is not about the dirty rules and cynicism of politics, it's about something bigger than that: it's about the despair of a life where forgiveness and mercy are impossible.

A life that often, with the complicity of the powers that be, we condemn ourselves to live, but that, fortunately, is not the only possible one.

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