MALENA (2000)

A film by Giuseppe Tornatore.
Cast: Monica Bellucci, Giuseppe Sulfaro, Luciano Federico.
On the day in 1940 that Italy enters the war, two things happen to the 12-year-old Renato: he gets his first bike, and he gets his first look at Malèna. She is a beautiful, silent outsider who’s moved to this Sicilian town to be with her husband, Nico. He promptly goes off to war, leaving her to the lustful eyes of the men and the sharp tongues of the women. During the next few years, as Renato grows toward manhood, he watches Malèna suffer and prove her mettle. He sees her loneliness, then grief when Nico is reported dead, the effects of slander on her relationship with her father, her poverty and search for work, and final humiliations. Will Renato learn courage from Malèna and stand up for her? This is going to be a classics some day. a terrific story set in the 40’s. well film the cinematography is splendid. Monica Bellucci is indeed a feast for any male’s eyes. It’s a pretty humorous film in segments, especially with dialog between the young kid and his dad. Malena is perfect, and it covers a wider emotional range. At the film’s center is Monica Bellucci, previously known only to a handful of film critics and European directors as one of the most stunning women in the world. War is raging, but the real news is Malena, the obsession of every man and boy in town. She does what she has to do to survive in a difficult time of war. When the women of the town turn on her, the scene is as harsh and as devastating as anything found in the Neo-Realism films of post- war Italy. Great film a must see.

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