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Malèna (2000)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance, War  |  27 October 2000 (Italy)
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A woman provokes sensual awakenings in a group of adolescent boys.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Luciano Federico ...
Renato's Father
Matilde Piana ...
Renato's Mother
Pietro Notarianni ...
Professor Bonsignore
Gaetano Aronica ...
Nino Scordia
Gilberto Idonea ...
Avvocato Centorbi (as Gilberto Idone)
Angelo Pellegrino ...
Segretario politico
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Pippo Provvidenti ...
Dott. Cusimano
Maria Terranova ...
Moglie Dott. Cusimano
Marcello Catalano ...
Lieutenant Cadei
Elisa Morucci ...
Lupetta
Domenico Gennaro ...
Farmacista
Vitalba Andrea ...
Moglie farmacista
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Storyline

On the day in 1940 that Italy enters the war, two things happen to the 12-year-old Renato: he gets his first bike, and he gets his first look at Malèna. She is a beautiful, silent outsider who's moved to this Sicilian town to be with her husband, Nino. He promptly goes off to war, leaving her to the lustful eyes of the men and the sharp tongues of the women. During the next few years, as Renato grows toward manhood, he watches Malèna suffer and prove her mettle. He sees her loneliness, then grief when Nino is reported dead, the effects of slander on her relationship with her father, her poverty and search for work, and final humiliations. Will Renato learn courage from Malèna and stand up for her? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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She was too young to be a widow, and too beautiful to be alone. Every man wanted to have her. One boy risked everything to protect her. See more »

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Drama | Romance | War

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

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27 October 2000 (Italy)  »

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Malena  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$62,282 (USA) (29 December 2000)

Gross:

ESP 127,249,350 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
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The prostitute (Elisa Morucci) whom Renato makes love to is not named in the film and in the end credits, the character's name is revealed to be Lupetta. See more »

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Renato's bike changes position when he helps Malena pick up oranges. See more »

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Renato's Mother: But he'll have no pockets!
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Ma le gambe
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More than just Monica.
28 November 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

On the face of it, this movie is about a young boy's fantasies as he falls in love with the image of an older woman. I say 'image' because he doesn't know her at all to begin with, but as he watches, her increasingly sad truth is seen through his eyes.

It's also about Sicily during the war, but deeper than that, to me, it seems to be about the mob mind, jealousy and hatred and about how people tend to become what is expected of them, or don't.

Monica Bellucci is undeniably among the sexiest women alive and her near wordless performance is mesmerising. My only criticism is the somewhat stereotypical way that the 'men' are portrayed. Perhaps there's some truth that we are all driven from an area below the waist, but I'd like to think it's not true of all of us.

8/10.


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