Recently widowed American opera diva Caterina takes her teenaged son Joe with her on a long singing tour to Italy. Absorbed in her hectic work in various Verdi operas around Rome, Caterina is soon shocked to discover that her troubled and lonely son has become a heroin addict. Her desperate attempts to wean the youth off the drug result in an incestuous relationship, but also in a possibility to reunite Joe--maybe even herself--with his real father, whose existence she has kept a secret from him. Written by
Between a mother and son. Between the delicate boundaries of love.
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Did You Know?
The Italian censorship authorities were so outraged by this film's storyline that they forbid the director to shoot the film in Italy with a local cast if the lead characters were Italian and as such the roles played by Jill Clayburgh
and Matthew Barry
had to be changed to be Americans. See more
I love you, Joe. I love you, Joe.
No, you don't. You hate me. You never loved me. You always hated me. You're crazy. You're fucking crazy. You never loved me and you'll never love me. You hate me, you hate me, you hate me. You're a fucking bitch. A bitch!
References Saturday Night Fever
'La Traviata' Act III, 'Preludio'
Composed by Giuseppe Verdi
Orchestra and Chorus of "Teatro alla Scala"
Conducted by Tullio Serafin See more