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Malèna (2000)

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Cast

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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grief | italy | boy | 1940s | poverty | See All (184) »

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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 »

Genres:

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:

27 October 2000 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

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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2.35 : 1
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Goofs

After Renato passes out, he is in his mother's lap. His arm position changes between shots. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Renato Amoroso: I pedaled as fast as I could... as if I were escaping from longing, from innocence, from her. Time has passed, and I have loved many women. And as they've held me close... and asked if I will remember them I've said, "Yes, I will remember you." But the only one I've never forgotten is the one who never asked... Malena.
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The movie is dedicated to Tornatore's Father See more »

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Spoofs Cleopatra (1934) See more »

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Ma l'amore no
Written by Giovanni D'Anzi and Michele Galdieri
Performed by Lina Termini
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Cinematographic Symphony
19 June 2004 | by (Oakland, California) – See all my reviews

Malena is a beautiful and deeply touching film. It is a masterful combination of sites, sounds and colors. The two leading actors (Monica Bellucci and Giuseppe Sulfaro) are simply excellent at what they are supposed to convey in this movie. Apart from her truly majestic elegance, Monica Bellucci invests her character (Malena) with an aura of tragedy, of some profound and unrelenting emotional trauma and pain which remains unspoken throughout the film and reaches its climax at the very end. Malena's stunningly beautiful eyes remain constantly downcast, and her face -- tense and pierced through by psychic pain (she rarely raises her face, let alone speaks words). Renato (the teenage boy) wins his audience by his incredibly pure and valiant love for Malena (this affection he carries in his heart for several years). She becomes his muse, his courage, his sense of honor, his whole rationale for confronting difficult and disruptive life of the war-torn Italy. I agree completely with another commentator who said that the ending of the movie is perhaps one of the most genuinely melancholic moments in modern cinematography. Simply brilliant. Superb music! This movie should be watched several times to be fully appreciated.


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