On an impoverished Italian island, a free-spirited woman is accused of madness by townspeople fed up with her antics.

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Marinella
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Filippo
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Pier Luigi
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Velista Francese
Giuseppe del Volgo ...
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Matteo Solina ...
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Bufalo
Francesco Edoardo Anglieri
Andrea Barreca
Donatella Battiali
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Grazia is a mother of three who spends suffocating days packing fish while her husband Pietro is at sea. Her oft-erratic behavior leads Pietro into thinking she may need medical attention, and he prepares to send her off to a psychiatric institute in Milan. Their son Pasquale, the one person who understand his mother the most, vows to do whatever it takes to foil his father's plan. Written by Anonymous

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$94,452 (USA) (23 May 2003)

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$1,072,534 (USA) (14 November 2003)
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A most affecting film
24 February 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A most affecting film and a fine cinematic achievement. It has been noted by others that there is barely a sympathetic character, little story and a largely bleak landscape. All the more wonder then that Crialese manages to so engage us with what is a truly scary film. We have seen westerns, even films of gangland where men are men and women do what they are told, but here children too are involved. This film must be hard to take for an Italian audience because, although here the events take place on a tiny island way off Sicily, the basic traits of Italian society are laid bare. All the men boss the women and children about but to see the young boys telling their mothers and aunts what to do is difficult territory for a 'civilised' audience. Of course, these traits are also still evident in all societies and it is all the more disturbing for these to be highlighted in this manner because we find it convenient to ignore them. I must also say that the music was impressive and the ending majestic. A must see film.


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