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Mario's War (2005)

La guerra di Mario (original title)
A rebellious little boy has been taken away from his abusive mother and placed in the temporary care of a young couple. And while Mario is a singular child, commendably portrayed by the ... See full summary »

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Imma Villa ...
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A rebellious little boy has been taken away from his abusive mother and placed in the temporary care of a young couple. And while Mario is a singular child, commendably portrayed by the pugilistic Marco Grieco, what turns Antonio Capuano's Mario's War into a fine film is not just this penetrating performance but the sensitive depiction of the new world that envelops this young boy. This film gets to the heart of the restless struggle between an adult and a child who have to adapt to each other without the bond of a biological relationship. Giulia is a special woman who gratefully and bravely embraces her new foster son. As played by the wonderful Valeria Golino (recently seen in Respiro), we recognize her unbending strength and commitment to meeting this huge challenge. Not only does she have to grapple with every obstacle Mario throws at her, but she has to cope with the doubts and hesitation of Sandro (Andrea Renzi), the man she lives with and loves... Hovering uneasily over the ... Written by antonello

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excellent!!
26 October 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I went to watch this movie during the London film festival and I thought it was brilliant. extremely well directed especially for Capuano who is filming under a different perspective and certainly doing something he is not used to. Performances from both Golino and Marco (last name ?) were very good and very strong.

The plot itself can be disturbing depending on the point of view and it basically depicts the emotional turbulence it is to adopt a very troubled young child and bring him out of the mindset he is used to in a conventional yet effective manner. Conventional is someone Golino doesn't portray. She is artistic, exuberant, liberal, creative and innovative. No one is sure if this is what the little boy needs but the formula certainly makes for interesting viewing and i recommend this to anyone. This is also based on a real life story on which the director keeps a close account to.


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