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Come fosse una bombola...
In a true depiction of life on a small Italian island, Crialese casts a hopeful light on the dark world of depressing and under par contemporary Italian cinema. To experience this movie, one must first appreciate its sadness. Frustration is often ridden off as PMS or (similar to the townspeople's reaction) a mental disorder by people who have never experienced the isolation or desperation accompanied with those sentiments. What Grazia (and her name means grace) experiences is the desire to articulate the pain, embarrassment, frustration, and forced passiveness that has been driven into the psyche of Italian women for centuries. The ignorance and condescending appreciation of women's individuality, unless it is whipping up some tasty treat in the kitchen, is challenged here by Grazia who Italian women can identify with but don't know why. Just listen to the lyrics: as if she is a doll, you can toss her to the side, and pick her up again when you want to play. Grazia makes it clear that she is not, and when she can only express her disappointment and anger through aggression, she finds herself alienated, not only by the town, but by her self because of these feelings she has been taught to ignore. (Cave scene-primitive, isolated, one hopeful link to the outside world...the FUTURE).
Today popular Italian cinema depicts Italian life and is accurate and depressing. There is sadness that watching unhappy families regenerate and multiply brings, and an even bigger sadness when you see it accurately represented by its own culture. They know what's happening and that's what makes it so bittersweet.
This film is anything but shallow unless you think this topic isn't pressing. It gives hope to a culture we didn't know had it in them. During a time when their Prime Minister is writing love poems and still associates Germany with Hitler, we need a reassuring sign that Italian life is improving for future generations, and not just encouraging its youth to be ballerine on TV.
Go see this movie and encourage the change