First screened in October 2009
Director: Marco Bellocchio. Cast: Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Filippo Timi, Fausto Russo Alesi, Francesca Picozza, Michela Cescon, Corrado Invernizzi, Paolo Pierobon, Pier Giorgio Bellocchio, Simona Nobili, Fabrizio Costella. Screenplay: Marco Bellocchio (based on a screen story by Marco Bellocchio and Daniela Ceselli).

Twitter Capsule: Forsaken-mother melo mixed with antifascist historical drama, all aiming for high opera. I found it suffocating and false.

VOR:   A major hit with critics and a cause célèbre in Europe, where Mezzogiorno is revered. All that counts for something. But its boldness doesn't feel risky, exactly.

Photo © 2009 Offside/Rai Cinema/Celluloid Dreams,
© 2010 IFC Films

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: D+

Chicago International Film Festival: Best Director; Best Actress (Mezzogiorno); Best Actor (Timi); Best Cinematography (Daniele Ciprì)
National Society of Film Critics: Best Actress (Mezzogiorno)

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