Malèna


Set in Sicily around the start of World War II, this is in essence the coming-of-age tale of a young boy. He is infatuated with the Malèna of the title -- a young woman married to a soldier. When word comes that the soldier has been killed, the town begins to speculate on who she will wed next, as she is a really hot babe. She begins entertaining men, causing the rumours to fly. When she loses her house due to lack of funds, she is forced into the oldest profession. The story is told through the eyes of the young boy, who does all he can to safeguard her reputation out of love for her.


91 minutes.
No persons under 13 (Language) .
Drama, Romance, Sex

Showtimes

A girl
A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do!

Credits

Cast
Monica Bellucci, Giuseppe Sulfaro, Luciano Federico, Matilde Piana, Pietro Notarianni, Gaetano Aronica, Gilberto Idonea
Director
Giuseppe Tornatore
ScreenplayGiuseppe Tornatore, Luciano Vincenzoni
MusicEnnio Morricone
CinematographyLajos Koltai
Sound formatsDolby Digital
SoundtrackAvailable
SA distributor Ster-Kinekor
Made in2000
Produced byMedusa Produzione, Miramax Films, Pacific Pictures





Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

The Moviesite
Ian Douglas
10
Cape Argus
Derek Wilson
10
The Cape Times
Allan Glogauer
20
The Star
Micheal O'Sullivan
6
Die Burger
Herman Wasserman
5
Sunday Times
Barry Ronge
10
SA City Life
Tony Jackman
10
eye Weekly
Tom Lyons
15
Box Office
Wade Major
8
ReelViews
James Berardinelli
15
Total Film
Tom Dawson
10
Film Review
Anwar Brett
10
Uncut
Neil Smith
10

What the People say

Internet
324 Netizens
14

Average .. 55%

11

Visitor Comments

Ian Douglas: Fairly typical coming-of-age tale, perhaps with too much emphasis on masturbation. It does a good job of exposing the hypocrisy and double standards prevalent in much of society, but somehow the storyline fails to grip.






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