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?
To prepare for her lead role in this film, actress Jill Clayburgh
studied opera singing under an Italian opera soprano as well as taking a course in Italian language but most of the film ended up being in English and only a small part of the film ended up being in Italian. See more
Your face is a mess. I'll clean it up.
[starts licking her face
Referenced in The Censor
Un ballo in maschera
Composed by Giuseppe Verdi
Soprano Martina Arroyo
Tenor Plácido Domingo
Baritone Piero Cappuccilli
Chorus of the "Royal Opera House," Covent Garden
New Philarmonia Orchestra
Conducted by Riccardo Muti See more