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Malèna (2000)

Amidst the war climate, a teenage boy discovering himself becomes love-stricken by Malèna, a sensual woman living in a small, narrow-minded Italian town.

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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
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Moglie farmacista
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Storyline

Malèna is about the peril of a beauty through the eyes of a 12 year old kid named Renato. He experiences three things on the same day, beginning of war, getting a bike and sees the arrival of Malèna in town. Through his eyes, we see the curse of beauty and loneliness of Malena, whose husband is presumed to be dead, and through his soul we see his love for her. Written by Paul

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A world at war. A young man coming of age. And the woman who changed his life forever See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance | War

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

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Release Date:

2 February 2001 (USA)  »

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Malena  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$3,429,045 (USA) (30 March 2001)
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2.35 : 1
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Guiseppe Sulfaro was actually naked in the sex scene between Renato and Lupeta the prostitute and no body double was used. See more »

Goofs

Nino's position changes when he falls to the ground after he is hit. He is first on his left, then more on his back. His position relative to the steps also appears to change. See more »

Quotes

Renato Amoroso: Signora Malena, a more capable person than me... wrote that the only true love is unrequited love. Now I understand why. It's been so long since you last came out of your house. But the longer we are apart, the stronger my love becomes.
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The movie is dedicated to Tornatore's Father See more »

Connections

Spoofs La cena delle beffe (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

Ma l'amore no
Written by Giovanni D'Anzi and Michele Galdieri
Performed by Lina Termini
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A film which practically has everything; some funny moments,some touching ones, and also features the Most Beautiful Creature Ever Set Foot On Earth: Monica Bellucci!
12 June 2004 | by (Athens, Greece) – See all my reviews

The first time I got to watch this utterly beautiful film, I knew nothing of the awesomeness of Giusseppe Tornatore (Cinema Paradiso) or the ethereal beauty of Monica Bellucci.

Well, all the needed knowledge flooded my mind within the two hours I spent watching Malena. It's a coming-of-age film, set in the World War 2 years in a small town of Sicily. The main lead is a young boy named Renato, and through his perfectly understandable obsession of a married woman named Malena (there couldn't be a more perfect cast than Monica Bellucci in this role),we get to see him maturing over a few years time. Most of the team focuses on Malena of course, but it's all through Renato's eyes (he's stalking her all the time), and his affection for her. It's no wonder that all males in the town (even teenagers) mostly view her as a hot piece of meat, but this boy's pure love is what eventually makes the difference in his (and her) life.

The ending credits will leave you with the "life goes on" aftermath and possibly the strongest feeling of melancholy you ever achieved from a movie.

Great cinematography, excellent performances from Monica Bellucci(though she barely speaks throughout the film) and the boy playing Renato, amazing score by the grand Maestro Ennio Morricone (nominated for an Oscar), this film has become my absolute favourite and Monica Bellucci my most recent (and strongest) obsession! A perfect 10, though it might seem over the top to a few of you.


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