The Traitor

Director: Marco Bellocchio
Year Released: 2019
Rating: 2.0

Tommaso Buscetta (Pierfrancesco Favino), a soldier in the Sicilian Mafia ("Cosa Nostra"), has several friends and family members (including two of his sons) murdered by other members of the group in an internal power struggle, so he cooperates with the authorities - and famed magistrate Giovanni Falcone (Fausto Russo Alesi) - for revenge (he claims they broke the Code they swore by in the early years).  The real-life story is riveting but the retelling is very uneven - Favino is outstanding as the 'rat' (or 'cuckold,' a word they like to use a lot), but the last thing you want is to turn it into a two-hour courtroom shouting match that resembles a circus with the (exaggerated) baddies behind bars while Buscetta gives testimony.  The few scenes of Buscetta and his family in witness protection in New England change the dynamic up and show how paranoid he's become - "Welcome to America, Here's Your Assault Rifle!" - but then it whisks him back to Italy for more trials.  Scorsese wouldn't have done it like that ... just sayin'.