Baarìa (2009)

Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.9/10 from 5,013 users  
Reviews: 35 user | 61 critic

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.



Watch Trailer
0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 13 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A photographer and the types of people he encounters.

Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
Stars: Sergio Castellitto, Tiziana Lodato, Franco Scaldati
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Haunted by a horrible past, a Ukrainian young woman calculatedly insinuates herself into the life of a rich Italian family.

Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
Stars: Kseniya Rappoport, Michele Placido, Claudia Gerini
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Matteo Scuro is a retired Sicilian bureaucrat (responsible mainly for the writing of birth certificates), a widower with five children, all of whom live on the mainland and hold responsible... See full summary »

Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Michèle Morgan, Valéria Cavalli
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A baby boy, discovered in 1900 on an ocean liner, grows into a musical prodigy, never setting foot on land.

Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
Stars: Tim Roth, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Bill Nunn
The Professor (1986)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Vaguely inspired to the real story of boss of the Camorra's bosses Raffaele Cutolo, this is the story of the criminal career of "Il professore" (the professor). He is in prison, and by ... See full summary »

Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
Stars: Ben Gazzara, Laura del Sol, Leo Gullotta
Malèna (2000)
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A woman provokes sensual awakenings in a group of adolescent boys.

Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
Stars: Monica Bellucci, Giuseppe Sulfaro, Luciano Federico
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Onoff is a famous writer who hasn't published any new books for quite some time and has become a recluse. When he is picked up by the police one stormy night, without any identification, ... See full summary »

Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Roman Polanski, Sergio Rubini
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A master auctioneer becomes obsessed with an extremely reclusive heiress who collects fine art.

Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
Stars: Geoffrey Rush, Jim Sturgess, Sylvia Hoeks
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

A filmmaker recalls his childhood, when he fell in love with the movies at his village's theater and formed a deep friendship with the theater's projectionist.

Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
Stars: Philippe Noiret, Enzo Cannavale, Antonella Attili
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Three friends cross Italy by car in order to deliver their boss his dog and a wooden leg.

Directors: Aldo, Giacomo, and 2 more credits »
Stars: Aldo, Giovanni, Giacomo
Wild Blood (2008)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Valenti and Ferida - executed by partisans. Idolised by the public, a famous and infamous couple on and off screen... See full synopsis »

Director: Marco Tullio Giordana
Stars: Monica Bellucci, Alessio Boni, Luca Zingaretti
Comedy | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Elba island, 1814. Martino is a young teacher, idealist and strongly anti Napoleon, in love with the beautiful and noble Baroness Emily. The young man finds himself serving as librarian to ... See full summary »

Director: Paolo Virzì
Stars: Daniel Auteuil, Elio Germano, Monica Bellucci


Cast overview, first billed only:
Peppino Torrenuova
Lina Sastri ...
Tana / Beggard
Nicole Grimaudo ...
Sarina as a young woman
Ficarra ...
Nino (as Salvo Ficarra)
Picone ...
Luigi (as Valentino Picone)
Gaetano Aronica ...
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)
Roman journalist
Paolo Briguglia ...


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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Comedy | Drama


See all certifications »

Parents Guide:






| |

Release Date:

25 September 2009 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Baaria  »

Box Office


€28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Opening film at the 2009 Venice Film Festival. See more »


References Fellini Satyricon (1969) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A Very Personal Epic
3 September 2009 | by (Rome, Italy) – See all my reviews

The film was received last night with an ovation. I was there in the audience, applauding. What a beautiful looking film! That was last night, today I found myself in difficulty trying to describe what I had seen. Where to start? With a kid running? Or, with Giuseppe Tornatore himself, a skillful craftsman with too much power? I suppose Tornatore is what I've carried with me from the experience. He tried to give us a "1900" but just hinting at the highs and lows with pretty pictures and Ennio Morricone. More Zeffirelli than Visconti. More Richard Attenborough than Bernardo Bertolucci. We in Italy need to see one of our most successful directors as an artist, as a man of culture. That's a trap an inhuman trap. The superficiality of "Baaria" is disguised by alluding to great themes with heavy "artistic" moments, dream like, magic realism, slow motion, but at the end of the day the superficiality shows up. Some of my favorite films appear superficial when in reality they are not. But I get terribly impatient when the opposite is true. I don't want to be negative towards this effort and I'm sure it will find a large audience all over the world I just don't want it to be presented to me like the serious work of a great artist because it's not. I loved Tornatore's "A Pure Formality" and the first part of "Cinema Paradiso" From "Baaria" I loved the beautiful faces of the two new comers in the leading roles and most of the score. I found the brief appearances by famous Italian actors entertaining but distracting. Perhaps that was the intention. Now, all said and done I will urge you to see it and make up your own mind.

83 of 94 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Forgive me, but i didn't get it... jrobin-mayo
Tornatore's 'Baarìa - la porta del vento' holdenandros
The best film I've seen this year, so far.. Any thoughts? WoodyWoolf
Music in trailer darbole
First Post LeavingLasVegas
info on Baaria LeavingLasVegas
Discuss Baarìa (2009) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: