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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:
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Matt Benson
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Jessie
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Elena Gigli
Stefano Dionisi ...
Giovanni Gigli
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Del Piero
Mattia De Martino ...
Ettore Greco (as Mattia do Martino)
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The Nun
Luigi Maria Burruano ...
Ettore's Uncle
Angela Goodwin ...
Mother Superior
Veronica Lazar ...
Suzanna Del Piero
Maurizio Nicolosi ...
Manzella
Tony Palazzo ...
Stefano Greco
Mia Benedetta ...
Elena's Aunt
Mirella Mezzeranghi ...
Paola
Danielle Marie Valenti ...
Tina
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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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A Huge Mess
14 May 2010 | by (United States Minor Outlying Islands) – See all my reviews

"Ginostra" is a huge mess.

The Plot: FBI Agent Matt Benson (Keitel) travels to Italy to help a young boy from the mobsters that killed his family run by Del Piero (Stanton). There's also weird nuns (One of them played by Argento) involved with a volcano.....

From the opening scene the movie has already overstayed it's welcome. The movie is just abrupt and edited terribly. Scenes just start\end with no rhythm. Andie MacDowell has nothing to do, and Argento even less, even with the 2-hour plus running time. The best scene in the movie is the confrontation between Keitel and Stanton. The oddest part of the movie is: (Get ready...) One of the mobsters puts a bomb in a sheep and it blows up. I'm not kidding.

No wonder this movie has been on the shelf for over 5 years. It deserved it. Maybe it should've stayed there longer after some editing.

It's only worth sitting though if you're a Keitel completist. Anybody else stay away. Don't be fooled by the quality cast.

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