A grotesque black comedy-cum-farce that’s more colorful than truly funny or shocking, Marco Risi’s “Kaputt Mundi” provides a slick diversion that will most likely end up in Eurotube slots, with wider cassette export possible.
Based on a novel by co-scenarist Niccolo Ammaniti, the pic crosscuts — after a showy prelude involving a highway mishap — between residents of a posh condo complex outside Rome on New Year’s Eve. As their celebrations reel out of control (especially once a soccer team invades an elderly countess’s bash), so do various other crises: A wife avenges herself on a cheating husband, three Mafia types rob a bondage-trussed masochist, a suicidal woman changes her mind after swallowing pills. Two stoners sky-high on paint fumes cap the chaos by throwing dynamite in the heating system. Broadly played by the large cast, and briskly paced by helmer Risi (“The Pack,” “On the Dark Continent”), pile-up of incidents has outre energy but doesn’t really amount to anything beyond surface amusement. Production is well mounted, with solid tech contribs apart from some unconvincing special effects.