An Italian monk (Toni Servillo) is invited to attend a G8 summit, ostensibly to hear the confession of his host, global economist Daniel Roché (Daniel Auteiul). Later, the bigwig is found in his hotel room with a plastic bag around his head. Suicide or murder? The monk — a prime suspect — isn’t talking. But what had the makings of a crackerjack update on an Agatha Christie whodunit — Ten Little Bankers? — turns out to be a grandiose slog. A sense of humor might have helped; a pair of summit attendees performing Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side” is about as savage as it gets. Director and co-writer Roberto Andò serves up a lot of metaphysical mumbo-jumbo, which helps explain why I spent more time looking at my watch than at the screen. Even the payoff falls flat. Those expecting the brand of hefty satire found in Andò’s last film, Long Live Liberty, will have to wait. (2016) — Scott Marks
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