“I wanted to be the king of the high life,” says Roman writer Jep Gambardella (Toni Servillo, masterful once again), and he’s mostly succeeded. Coasting off the success of his first novel, he entertains the haute bourgeoisie on the terrace of his luxurious flat where they party and pontificate. But after 65 years, he finds himself looking for more meaning than “la dolce vita” supplies. Considering old loves while embarking on new affairs, Jep is the viewer’s world-weary guide to the Dionysian offerings of Rome. Employing elegant cinematography and a brilliantly wide-ranging score, director Paolo Sorrentino has created a phantasmagoric feast for the senses, a tribute to the Eternal City that will surely have a long life of its own.