Don’t hate: the true story behind the film with Alessandro Gassmann
Presented preview during the International Critics Week at the 77th Venice International Film Festivalthe film Do not hate (here the reviewhere the review) marked his feature film directorial debut for Mauro Manciniwho in 2009 had already distinguished himself by directing one of the episodes of Feisbum – The movie. However, don’t hate was also a particularly important Italian title within its cinematographic season, proposing a story with strong political and ethical implications, which directly invite the spectator to an active participation.
Based on a real news story, the film in fact reflects on the extensions of hatred, on the forms in which it is handed down and manifested and on the possible “weapons” with which to defeat it. A work full of pain, anger, but also the need for forgiveness and with characters in search of redemption, released in a period in which the themes addressed are even more urgent and current. In fact, there has been a lot of talk about Non odiare, which despite some ingenuity typical of first films manages to find a way to carry on the story and social reflections at the same time.
A few years after its release (the film is from 2020), Don’t hate continues to be a particularly important film, whose story continues to arouse debates and ethical and moral considerations. Before embarking on a vision of the film, however, it will certainly be useful to delve into some of the main curiosities related to it. Continuing here in the reading it will in fact be possible to find further details relating to the plotto the cast of actors and to true story that inspired the film. Finally, the main ones will also be listed streaming platforms containing the title in their catalogue.
Do not hatethe plot and the cast of the film
The film is about the surgeon Simone Segre, who during one night finds himself having to give first aid to a man involved in a car accident. Although the driver is seriously injured, Simone struggles to assist him when she sees a swastika tattooed on his chest. The surgeon, in fact, is of Jewish origin and ends up refusing to assist the man, who therefore dies without other witnesses. In the following days, however, feelings of guilt prevail and Simone decides to trace the man’s family, made up of the eldest daughter Maricathe small Paul and the teenager Marcellusan ardent neo-Nazi.
Simone Segre is there to interpret Alessandro Gasmann, who stated that he accepted the role because he was interested in telling the cinema about the theme of intolerance. The actor, in assuming the role, admitted that he wondered how he would have acted in place of his character, however arriving at different conclusions from those taken by his Simone. His work began precisely from this divergence, which saw him called to confront a way of thinking and acting opposite to his own. Next to him, in the role of Marica, is the actress Sara Serraioccowhile Marcello is played by Luke Zunic.
Do not hatethe true story that inspired the film
As anticipated, the one told in Don’t hate is an original story but which takes its cue from a singular news story. In the city of Paderborn, Germany, a case took place in 2010 of an anonymous doctor who refused to operate on a 36-year-old truck driver, because the latter sported a tattoo of an imperial eagle perched above a swastika and surrounded by laurel wreaths. The surgeon would then have stated that he could not operate on the man because of his Jewish faith. The patient, already anesthetized, was therefore left in the hands of another doctor.
Therefore, as stated by the person concerned, what prevented him from carrying out the operation was his conscience, which made him decide not to help a subject with similar sympathies. The doctor’s decision to withdraw from the operation generated a wide debate in Germany (but not only), about the ethical conduct that doctors may or may not have in this type of situation. The family of the patient, who has since made a full recovery, has asked for his removal from the medical register, claiming that by leaving the operating room he has not fulfilled the Hippocratic oath.
Even a large part of the community then expressed its disappointment, stressing that all people deserve care, regardless of their political views. Others, however, have mobilized in defense of the doctor. Starting therefore from this case and its moral and historical implications, Mancini and Davide Lisino were therefore inspired in writing a story that explored the possible consequences of this story, obviously bringing it to more extreme territories and therefore forcing the viewer to urgent reflections about.
The trailer of Do not hate and where to watch the film in streaming and on TV
It is possible to enjoy Non odiare thanks to its presence on some of the most popular streaming platforms on the net today. This is indeed available in the catalogs of Rakuten TV, Google Play, Apple TV and Amazon Prime Video. To see it, once the reference platform has been chosen, it will be enough to rent the single film or subscribe to a general subscription. In this way you will be able to watch it in total comfort and at the best video quality. The film is also present in the television schedule of Friday 5 May at 9.45pm On the canal Rai 3.
Source: IMDb, The Telegraph