"Storie di ordinaria follia", also known as "Tales of Ordinary Madness", is a 1981 Italian-French drama film directed by Marco Ferreri. It's based on short stories by the American cult writer Charles Bukowski, and the film's title is a take on his 1972 short story collection, "Erections, Ejaculations, Exhibitions, and General Tales of Ordinary Madness".
The film stars Ben Gazzara as Charles Serking, a hard-drinking poet living in the sleazy world of Los Angeles' underground. His life is a drunken odyssey filled with sexual encounters and alcoholic misadventures. However, everything changes when he meets Cass (played by Ornella Muti), a young prostitute with suicidal tendencies. Their destructive romance encapsulates the nihilistic, self-destructive tendencies prevalent in Bukowski's works.
Marco Ferreri's storytelling shines in this bleak and raw portrayal of life on society's edges. While it can be tough to watch at times, Ferreri's direction and the outstanding performances by Gazzara and Muti make this movie a standout. The movie does not shy away from the harsh realities of addiction and decadence, providing an unflinching look at the darker aspects of human nature.
While "Storie di ordinaria follia" may not be to everyone's taste due to its graphic and bleak depiction of life, fans of Ferreri, Bukowski, or cinema that delves into darker territories will likely find this film to be a rewarding, if challenging, watch.