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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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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

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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)

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2.35 : 1
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The scene of the cow killed in the movie was real. It is implied that Tornatore shot the movie in Tunisia to avoid the Italian laws on the matter of animal abuse. In fact, in Tunisia it is not forbidden to kill animals in movies. See more »


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5 September 2009 | by (Italy / UK) – See all my reviews

I used to be a fanatic of Italian cinema. I learned to see and appreciate film thanks to Roberto Rossellini, Vittorio De Sica, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Pietro Germi, Mario Monicelli, right up to Bernardo Bertolucci, that's why I felt so upset and depress by this latest Tornatore film, the most expensive Italian production ever. The result is a mildly successful Martini Bianco commercial. Everything looks and feels phony. The "auteur" is trying to sell us something and I fear many will buy because the rewards, if you can call them that, are immediate. Beautiful colorful images, relentless Morriconi, famous faces playing tiny cameos etc. A commercial operation if I ever saw one. The confusing part is that Venice prides itself for being a "Mostra d'Arte" so, I'm prepared to bet "Baaria" is going to get some of the top awards. The forces here don't seem to be on the side of art but on the artful skill of self congratulations but, I do hope I'm wrong. As I sat through the two and a half hours I was hoping, longing actually, for a hint of Francesco Rosi or even Blassetti or Soldati. No, not even by mistake. This is a pastry difficult and dangerous to digest. No heart, no warmth and no truth.

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