This is a story that revolves around a crime that will shape the destiny of a diverse group of individuals. A crime that will change their relationships and their life. Forever.
This is The Human Capital - Il capitale umano (2014), a film directed by Paolo Virzi’, and written by him based on the novel by Stephen Amidon. Money is the protagonist of this film. But so are unfulfilled dreams and failure. An ex-sportsman, who didn’t make it as a tennis player, employs money he doesn't have to try to climb socially. An actress, who never became famous, uses her husband's money to try to gain a place in society. A teacher tries to get published and is seduced by a vision of what that woman could have been. A dope fiend, who looks after his wayward nephew for money plots further exploitation. And in the middle of all these disillusioned, broken adults, there are teenage sons and daughters who become collateral damage. Young men and women who grow up the best way they can; often straying, often suffering, but sometimes, just sometimes, living the life they deserve.
The Human Capital is a movie that asks more questions than it answers, but gains credibility from this shortcoming. It shows how we put a monetary value on everything, how we are taught to do this from an early age, and how we convince ourselves that money will solve more problems than it will create.
The Human Capital shows there is nothing natural about calculating the monetary value to a life, or betting against the future of a country. We like to think of these activities as objective and rational, but they are far from it. They are subjective interpretations that have consequences; sooner or later, they will hurt someone. Usually the weakest.