The Nanny (1999)
aka La Balia First screened in May 2020
Director: Marco Bellocchio. Cast: Maya Sansa, Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Pier Giorgio Bellocchio, Jacqueline Lustig, Eleanora Danco, Gisella Burinato, Elda Alvigini, Michele Placido. Screenplay: Marco Bellocchio and Daniela Ceselli (based on the novella by Luigi Pirandello). Twitter Capsule:
Drama of domestic tension and gendered jealousy pointedly doesn't go where you guess. Some roles can shift; others can't.
Script's address to class politics is ultimately ambivalent. Radical energies at its edges are under-explored; part of its point, I believe.
Bellocchio's later films are always handsomemaybe even too polished? Craftsmanship shouldn't be overlooked here, but he's made much riskier movies.