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La messa è finita (1985)

Don Giulio, giovane prete romano, ritorna a casa dopo essere stato parroco in un'isola del Mar Tirreno ed è destinato ad una chiesa di periferia. A Roma egli ritrova i genitori, la sorella ... See full summary »

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Ferruccio De Ceresa ...
Don Giulio's Father
Marco Messeri ...
Saverio
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Valentina
Dario Cantarelli ...
Gianni
Giovanni Buttafava ...
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Lucia
Pietro De Vico ...
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Eugenio Masciari ...
Antonio
Vincenzo Salemme ...
Andrea
Roberto Vezzosi ...
Cesare
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Don Giulio's Mother
Anna Cesareni
Sandro De Santis
Mauro Fabretti ...
Simone
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Don Giulio, giovane prete romano, ritorna a casa dopo essere stato parroco in un'isola del Mar Tirreno ed è destinato ad una chiesa di periferia. A Roma egli ritrova i genitori, la sorella e i vecchi amici. Ma la realtà è diversa da quella che lui ha lasciato. La parrocchia è praticamente deserta : il suo predecessore si è sposato, ha un figlio e vive a pochi metri dalla canonica; ed anche gli amici sono cambiati (chi è sotto processo per terrorismo; chi vuol farsi sacerdote senza capire perchè; chi è omosessuale e sta vivendo squallide avventure; chi è stato abbandonato dall'amica e vive in un isolamento totale). Neppure in famiglia le cose vanno meglio. Il padre, ormai anziano, ha preso una sbandata per una donna e lascia la moglie, che si suicida. La sorella è incinta del fidanzato e don Giulio riesce a stento a non farla abortire. Coinvolto in tali gravi situazioni, scoraggiato, deluso e non sempre in grado di fornire una risposta ai dubbi che gli vengono esposti, a poco a poco ... Written by rosebud6

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Good movie: angry and surprising
12 February 2006 | by (Paris, France) – See all my reviews

I came to Nanni Moretti from his wise and witty later movies _Caro Diario_ and _The Son's Room_. So in _La Messa_ I was surprised to see a bitter, angry, and quite selfish Moretti in the role of a suburban priest who seems--much like the psychoanalyst of _The Son's Room_--utterly incapable of helping those who put themselves in his care.

There's lots to like in this movie: the somewhat decrepit but nonetheless lovely settings around Rome, the nods to other great Italian movies (Moretti, in his cassock, playing soccer with the school kids, calls to mind Rossellini's _Rome, Open City_), the intense and largely convincing story. I found particularly compelling a courtroom confrontation involving a judge, a defendant, and Moretti's priest as a witness. I was, on the whole, moved by Moretti's take on the priest's dealings with his brothers-in-arms from what were presumably their days as leftist activists.

On a final note, people are always comparing Moretti to Woody Allen. I don't see why. Their movies have almost nothing in common. I have never seen Allen as anything more than a second-rate standup comic, or as a caricature. Moretti, on the other hand, is a human being.


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