It is the summer of 1957. Behind the spectacle of Formula 1, ex-racer Enzo Ferrari is in crisis. Bankruptcy threatens the factory he and his wife Laura built from nothing ten years earlier. Their volatile marriage has been battered by the loss of their son, Dino, a year earlier. Ferrari struggles to acknowledge his son Piero with Lina Lardi. Meanwhile, his drivers’ passion to win pushes them to the edge as they launch into the treacherous 1,000-mile race across Italy, the Mille Miglia.
Ferrari is sleek and well-acted, especially by the three main players; Driver, Cruz and Woodley. Add a script that crackles with dialogue that delivers emotional depth, and you have a rousing and admirably complex biopic.
BFI London Film Festival 2023
Venice Film Festival 2023
‘Ferrari really is like a ’70s movie. It has that intensity of grip, that layered human fascination, that cathartic honesty about what life is really about.’-Owen Gleiberman, Variety
‘That rarest of films: the complex, complicated biopic. Like his subject, Mann appreciates beauty and power while never forgetting that beauty can wither and power can destroy; within that matrix of messy contradictions, he creates haunting drama.’- Alonso Duralde, The Film Verdict
‘Driver’s performance is a fine one, flanked ever by emotional guardrails even in stressed-out moments... But Cruz hijacks the wheel from her co-star in a grief-dazed but always alert and forceful turn.’-Ryan Lattanzio, indieWire