Ginostra (2002)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  29 January 2003 (France)
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An FBI Agent from America and his bride and young child travel to the Sicilian island of Ginostra to solve the murder of a key witness.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Benson
Elena Gigli
Giovanni Gigli
Del Piero
Mattia De Martino ...
Ettore Greco (as Mattia do Martino)
The Nun
Luigi Maria Burruano ...
Ettore's Uncle
Angela Goodwin ...
Mother Superior
Veronica Lazar ...
Suzanna Del Piero
Maurizio Nicolosi ...
Tony Palazzo ...
Stefano Greco
Mia Benedetta ...
Elena's Aunt
Mirella Mezzeranghi ...
Danielle Marie Valenti ...


Matt Benson, an FBI investigator, has been posted to the island of Panarea in the Lipari archipelago within the framework of an agreement between the USA and Italy. He has been allocated a comfortable, well-protected house with vast grounds and a private cove facing the Ginostra volcano. This delights his wife Jessie and their 5-year-old daughter Tina. A few days after they arrive, a 11-year-old boy, Ettore Greco, a Mafia victim, is questioned by Matt about the death of his whole family in a car bombing. For security reasons, Matt decides to bring Ettore to the house where he is living. This artificial adoption gradually reveals the tragic secret binding Matt to the child, a secret Jessie knows nothing about. From secrets to lies, the atmosphere in the villa slowly leads the Benson family to the gates of hell. Outside is the danger, inside is the fear. In between is an orphan child... Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for language, some sexuality/nudity and brief violence | See all certifications »



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Release Date:

29 January 2003 (France)  »

Also Known As:

El misterio de Ginostra  »

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The most talked about movie of the year ?
20 September 2002 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

Will this be the most talked about movie on the year? Perhaps - as everyone will be trying to figure out what went wrong with the film!

I saw this movie @ it's premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (2002) and I've got to say, it was the most talked about movie between my friends and I. We just had so many questions about what various pieces of the movie meant as we were all sure we had to be missing something. We concluded that no, we didn't miss anything - there just wasn't enough there to tie it all together.

The movie has a lot of beautiful shots of the Italian coast, and the island of Ginostra. I think the editors could have done a much better job of pulling everything together. Also, I just didn't feel any chemistry between Harry Kietel and Andie MacDowell who were playing husband and wife.

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