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Gran bollito (1979)

Lea, a mature Neapolitan woman who runs a box office in the Lotto in a northern city, has had thirteen children, but all but one have died from abortion or after a few months of life. The ... See full summary »

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... Lea
... Lisa Carpi / Carabinieri Marshal
... Stella Kraus
... Berta Maner
... Sandra
Mario Scaccia ... Rosario
Franco Branciaroli ... Don Onorio, the priest
... Tina
... Maria
Adriana Asti ... Palma
... Michele
Liù Bosisio ... The crippled neighbor
Maria Monti ... Second neighbor
Giancarlo Badessi ... Lisa's friend
Marco Modugno ... Student
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Lea, a mature Neapolitan woman who runs a box office in the Lotto in a northern city, has had thirteen children, but all but one have died from abortion or after a few months of life. The only survivor, Michele, is taken care of by her with morbid affection: she is convinced that she has stolen it from death by negotiating with her, so she is not willing to give it away either to her country or to another woman. When Michele gets engaged with a pretty dance teacher, the mother, to avert her detachment, makes a new sacrifice to Death, suppressing three spinster friends, from which she obtains soap and biscuits. His call to arms comes for his son: to get him back, Lea wants to multiply his sacrificial rites, targeting, this time, a silent maid and the hated girl of Michael. The carabinieri will stop it in time. Written by lament

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only with the help of some judicious fast forwarding that I made it to the end at all
1 October 2013 | by See all my reviews

I just couldn't get on with this. This starred Shelley Winters, who I like and also featured Max Von Sydow and Rita Tushingham, all good but from the very beginning I was in trouble. I had read someone who suggested this was a cross between Texas Chainsaw Massacre and La Cage Aux Folles and they were not that far wrong but I had perhaps underestimated how much the string of elderly women being played by men would hinder my enjoyment. More especially, I think it helped to keep me distanced and I found it difficult to relate. Admittedly, I feel this was in part due to pretty poor translation on the subtitles but even allowing for this the film is too long and there is far too much uninteresting dialogue. It was only with the help of some judicious fast forwarding that I made it to the end at all and I have to say that things did come together fairly well as we learn that the hoary old Italian mamma being fixated by her son did take on a little more significance with the pending war. Winters is okay but maybe a little one note and it was this relentless singleminded nature of the whole thing that had me almost switching off too many times.


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