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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Giuseppe Sulfaro ...
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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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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Comedy | Drama | Romance | War

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

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2 February 2001 (USA)  »

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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 »

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

Quotes

Renato's Father: [regarding Renato's incessant and loud masturbation sessions at night] You are going to go blind!
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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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Slightly overrated but excellent all the same...
6 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

When this movie was released the buzz was huge... Mostly because it starred the walking-talking male fantasy, Monica Bellucci. It did the rounds around various Film Festivals and even the most skeptical critics were won over. They were won over by many things... The scenery is stunning, making you feel like you're really in Sicily. The acting is subtle but superb. And it's this that is most shocking. Monica Bellucci was, when this film was released, a model-turning-actress. No-one expected her to actually be good, and we were right, she wasn't good... she is amazing in this film!! Bellucci has very little dialogue, she has to use body language and facial expressions... most people would agree this is much more difficult. Since this film, she has gone on to be Italy's most successful acting export for years. With roles in Matrix 2 & 3, Tears Of The Sun, and the truly ground-breaking Irreversible, she has proved herself time and time again! What her character goes through is heartbreaking and, through Bellucci's acting and the wonderful performance given by protagonist narrator Renato (Giuseppe Sulfaro), we experience everything she does.

At times the movie is hilarious, particularly when detailing the lengths the men of the village will go to just to catch glimpse of Malena. Mostly though, the film shows how jealousy and subsequent hatred can destroy anything and anyone. This movie will stay with you for a very long time!!

8.5/10


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