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The Nymph (1996)

Ninfa plebea (original title)
In the World War II, in a small Italian village, Nunziata is an easy woman married with the cuckold tailor Gioacchino. Her teenage daughter Miluzza teases men with her clothes and gets men ... See full summary »

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Nunziata
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Pietro
Lucia Cara ...
Miluzza
Lorenzo Crespi
Luisa Amatucci
Giuditta Del Vecchio
Pepe Da Rosa ...
Don Peppe
Rino Marcelli ...
Nonno Rafele
Massimo Bellinzoni
Ennio Coltorti ...
Gioacchino
Isa Danieli ...
Gesummina
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Domenico Orsini ...
Boy
Simona Patitucci ...
Rosanella / margherita
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In the World War II, in a small Italian village, Nunziata is an easy woman married with the cuckold tailor Gioacchino. Her teenage daughter Miluzza teases men with her clothes and gets men to lust after her. One day, Nunziata dies while having intercourse with an Italian Corporal at home, and Miluzza finds a job in the factory of the wealthy Don Peppe that rapes her. When Miluzza returns home, she learns that Gioacchino has died in the afternoon. Soon there are rumors that Miluzza had an affair with Don Peppe, but her grandfather protects her. Then Miluzza's village is bombed, her grandpa dies and she moves to another town to live with a friend. When she finds the Italian soldier Pietro wounded in the leg in her house, Miluzza saves his life and helps him to return to his family. Pietro proposes to marry her, but her mother wants to prove that Miluzza is virgin before blessing the marriage of her son. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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One of the best romance movies ever made
12 April 2007 | by (Berkeley, California) – See all my reviews

My estimation of this movie puts it ahead of Somewhere in Time, The English Patient and a host of other quality romance films. For you who are cloistered in your views of the human form, human contact and sexuality - you may be offended by how frank and casual this film deals with its protagonist. If you are willing to step outside of your cultural context and explore what life may have been like in an early 20th century rural Italian village, please do watch this film. I cannot praise it enough.

The innocence and gentleness of Miluzza strains the heart as you watch her progression through the story arc. Men are lured in by her sculpted body but disarmed by her smile. And then there's her eyes - sadness and joy flash lightning quick. The style of acting is so natural - I wish the studios would take notice. This film lacks the artifice of so many "dramatic" films. It doesn't need a multi-million dollar film score to move you. It doesn't require dramatic lighting and innovative camera angles to tell you that you're supposed to be feeling something.

Students of cinema and drama should take note at the art of subtlety and restraint this film manifests so effortlessly.


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