Ferrari (2023)

Directed by Michael Mann

Set during the summer of 1957. Ex-racecar driver, Enzo Ferrari, is in crisis. Bankruptcy stalks the company he and his wife, Laura, built from nothing ten years earlier. Their tempestuous marriage struggles with the mourning for one son and the acknowledgement of another.

My word, that crash will haunt me. Anyway, it's interesting that everyone assumes that the title of the film is referring solely to grande uomo Enzo, but the film's title could equally be referring to Laura Ferrari, especially when we consider Cruz' performance. Or perhaps more plausibly, it should be taken to mean the Ferrari family as a dynasty. It was kinda fun to see the reference The Godfather's famous baptism/assassination cross-cutting, but I think Ferrari cashes that cheque too early, especially as the text of the eulogy is bluntly equating Enzo with Jesus. Great sound.


The Ferraris upend any tired notion of “behind every great man there’s a great woman.” Instead, Mann negotiates a harsher interpretation of such infamous marriages, where a great man’s life is built atop the exhausted remains of his heartbroken wife.

Anna McKibbin (Paste Magazine)