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Baaria is Sicilian slang for Bagheria where Tornatore was born and this is an autobiographic epic of three generations in the Sicilian village where he was born.

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Peppino Torrenuova
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Mannina
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Tana / Beggard
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Sarina
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Sarina as a young woman
Ficarra ...
Nino (as Salvo Ficarra)
Picone ...
Luigi (as Valentino Picone)
Gaetano Aronica ...
Cicco
Alfio Sorbello ...
Cicco as a young man
Lollo Franco ...
Don Giacinto
Giovanni Gambino ...
Peppino as a child
Giuseppe Garufì ...
Pietro as a child
Aldo ...
Speculator (as Aldo Baglio)
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Roman journalist
Paolo Briguglia ...
Catechist
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The film begins in the 1920's, in the Sicilian town of Bagheria (a.k.a. Baaria) where Giuseppe "Peppino" Torrenuova works as a shepherd to financially help his poor family. Over the next 50 years Giuseppe's life, as well as the life of the village, is observed. Giuseppe grows up, joins the Communist Party, marries a local girl (Mannina), has children and forges a political career for himself. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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€28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,900 (USA) (28 January 2011)

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$4,900 (USA) (28 January 2011)
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Tornatore's Amarcord
3 September 2009 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

Looking back with a sentimental eye and a generous budget doesn't guarantee a masterpiece and in fact "Baaria" is not a masterpiece, but it manages to be a lot of other things and when I say a lot a mean an awful lot, too much perhaps. The ambition of the enterprise clashes with its clarity, its accomplishment even with its honesty. I've spent 10 critical years of my childhood in Sicily and the Sicily depicted here, beauty an all, felt like the work of a foreigner. This is a Sicily for exportation or, the Sicily of a dreamer with a very acute cinematic eye. Not the Sicily of Visconti's "La Terra Trema" to be sure but perhaps Tornatore's way is a cleverer way to go about it. This is a exemplary crafted "product". It doesn't have the depth of real art nor its purity. It has, however, a great show of confidence in itself. Beautiful images, beautiful protagonists, beautiful score. The toothless smiles of the under proletarians the color coordinated attire of the rich, everything in place just the way we imagine. To say that I was disappointed wouldn't be quite true, in fact, I enjoyed it much more that I thought I would, but now, twenty four hours later, very little of it remains in my mind or in my heart.


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