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.

Second Capsule: Script's address to class politics is ultimately ambivalent. Radical energies at its edges are under-explored; part of its point, I believe.

VOR:   Bellocchio's later films are always handsome—maybe even too polished? Craftsmanship shouldn't be overlooked here, but he's made much riskier movies.

Photo © 1999 Filmalbatros/Istituto Luce

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B

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