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The Catholic School (org. title La scuola cattolica). Italy's THE CATHOLIC SCHOOL is a recent addition to Netflix (org. title La scuola cattolica). It is based on the actual events surrounding "The Circeo Massacre," also known as "Massacro del Circeo," which occurred in September 1975. This indicates how harsh the film's climax is.

Not that we witness a lot of actual physical harm being done. However, each event's aftermath is visible to us. The psychological horror of these occurrences is also apparent, of course. Watch the information listed at the film's conclusion. Not because you'll feel better—quite the contrary—but because we need to know these details in order to improve the situation.

As already mentioned, The Catholic School is a movie based on a truly brutal case from 1975. However, since this is a fictional take on the case and not a true-crime documentary, the movie attempt to give us more insight. Not to help make the perpetrators understood, but rather to explain everything that went on before the event.

The first two acts show us how all the young men in this rather affluent area in Rome, are consistently conditioned to become “real men”. Some of the professors even state very matter-of-factly that to become a man, you need to do evil and have evil done unto you.

These teachings are obviously dark and terrible, but also explain the worldview of these young men. Just as it explains that many of these young men look elsewhere for guidance. Among these boys (or young men), you’ll find all the classic types, you would in any High School all across the world.

Also, there is a focus on the fact that only one of the young men actually believes in God. He comes from a family that preaches love and understanding, which conflicts with most of what he is otherwise told. A stark contrast that becomes important to show that religion in itself is not the problem. The way it is taught and abused is!

After those first acts introducing the difference in family and background, we start to follow those that will go on to commit the terrible crimes of kidnappings, rape, torture, and murder. As such, the final act of this movie is very brutal as it largely follows the real story of the Circeo Massacre.

Most of the young actors in The Catholic School on Netflix won’t be familiar. A few of the faces are recognizable, but not for the most part. However, their performances are truly inspiring. And also, absolutely terrifying. Especially those of the three young men responsible for committing the crimes of rape, torture, and murder.

I especially have to mention Luca Vergoni, who is excellent at being truly charming – which explains how the girls were lured into a trap – and then turned into a true monster. Luca Vergoni is definitely someone, I’d expect to see in more movies. And also, Benedetta Porcaroli (Perfect Strangers) who plays one of the two female victims.

When it comes to the adults, you’ll see a few more familiar faces. This true crime is one that still sends ripples through the legal system in Italy and continues to try and have changes and amendments made to criminal laws.  As mentioned in the pre-end credit text, rape wasn’t even considered a crime against the victim when this true crime took place!

And since The Circeo Massacre is such an important milestone in Italy, we get very big Italian names in small roles. They tend to portray parents of the all the kids, who are part of the core cast. You’ll see Valeria Golino (Hot Shots!, Portrait of a Lady on Fire), Valentina Cervi (True Blood), and Riccardo Scamarcio (John Wick 2, Welcome Home).

Watch The Catholic School on Netflix now!
Stefano Mordini is the director of The Catholic School and he also co-wrote the screenplay. The movie (and, as such, the screenplay) was based on the novel by Edoardo Albinati. The screenplay was written by director Stefano Mordini, Massimo Gaudioso & Luca Infascelli.

Previously, director Stefano Mordini has worked on many documentaries as well as feature films. This is probably close to an ideal resumé when it comes to making fictional films based on true stories.

This is definitely not an easy movie to watch. In fact, that final act will probably be very difficult to watch for many.

For most, due to the psychological horror inflicted on the victims. For others, the explicit nudity (male and female) and direct brutality of it all. I feel that you need to acknowledge evil, to be able to defeat it. For this reason alone, we need to know these stories to fight similar crimes in the future.

The Catholic School (org. title La scuola cattolica) is on Netflix from September 14, 2022.



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