Sara Colangelo’s film on how the 9/11 victims’ compensation fund was created opens in theaters on September 10, and in it the protagonists must figure out how much a life is worth.
Greed or money to turn the page? That is the key to the duel between Michael Keaton and Stanley Tucci, the protagonists of Worth, in this preview that SensaCine offers you in scoop. The film will be released in theaters on September 10 the day before September 20, and tells how the fund that compensated the victims of the attacks was created and calculated.
The film, titled precisely Worth, which means value in English, must answer one of the great doubts of humanity. What is the value of a life? In this preview, Stanley Tucci, who plays Charles Wolf, a journalist whose wife died in the attacks, visits Michael Keaton in his office, who plays the powerful attorney Kenneth Feinberg. The latter was commissioned by the government to design the compensation. The duel between the two is basically moral: money or justice?
The money is used to spend, pay for food, pay a roof and turn the page “Feinberg asks his opponent, Charles Wolf, who responds:” Do you think it is due to greed? We are not numbers that fit into a formula.
The scene, which synthesizes the essence of the film -although it is incomplete-, takes place in the lawyer’s office. And it begins with one of the few elements that the two protagonists will have: opera, which shows two ways of understanding the world but with a common sensibility.
At the office the aria plays in the background I part with you, my good from Mozart’s opera Tito’s Clemenza. An opera in which Titus is shown as an upright ruler but merciful to his people. Which could be a good definition for the lawyer Keaton plays: upright, seeking objectivity, but able to change his point of view to be more forgiving.
But in particular, in the fragment they are listening to, a betrayal is being plotted to assassinate the emperor, which gives a lot to think about what the director wants to tell about this meeting.
A scene that shows the duel between these two concepts of the world represented by the journalist, who with his blog “change the formula” drags thousands of citizens demanding a dignified treatment, and the representative of the State, who wants to solve with an objective formula. But he does not realize that it cannot be solved without taking into account that it is about human beings and losses that are difficult to quantify.
The movie is based on one of the books that the lawyer published four years after the tragedy, What Is Life Worth?: The Unprecedented Effort to Compensate the Victims of 9/11 published in 2005. He tells of the dilemma that was generated when proposing an agreement authorized by the United States Congress that offered compensation to the families of the victims of the September 11 attacks in exchange for not suing the airlines.
His firm has since specialized in compensation for disasters such as the victims of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre or the Boston Marathon bombing.