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La messa è finita (1985)

The young priest Father Giulio returns to Rome, his hometown, after a long pilgrimage. Don Giulio hopes to live peacefully with his family and his friends, but discovers that many of them ... See full summary »

Director:

Nanni Moretti

Writers:

Nanni Moretti (story), Sandro Petraglia (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nanni Moretti ... Don Giulio
Ferruccio De Ceresa Ferruccio De Ceresa ... Don Giulio's Father
Marco Messeri ... Saverio
Enrica Maria Modugno ... Valentina
Dario Cantarelli Dario Cantarelli ... Gianni
Giovanni Buttafava Giovanni Buttafava ... Lawyer
Luisa De Santis ... Lucia
Pietro De Vico Pietro De Vico ... Friar
Eugenio Masciari Eugenio Masciari ... Antonio
Vincenzo Salemme Vincenzo Salemme ... Andrea
Roberto Vezzosi Roberto Vezzosi ... Cesare
Margarita Lozano ... Don Giulio's Mother
Anna Cesareni Anna Cesareni
Sandro De Santis Sandro De Santis
Mauro Fabretti Mauro Fabretti ... Simone
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The young priest Father Giulio returns to Rome, his hometown, after a long pilgrimage. Don Giulio hopes to live peacefully with his family and his friends, but discovers that many of them are depressed or frustrated, and some suicidal. Father Giulio determines to leave again, but his stopped parents convince him to perform the wedding ceremony for his friend Caesar and his fiancee. Don Giulio rushes through the ceremony and then away from Rome. Once away from the city, he immediately regains happiness. Written by X

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His hopes shattered, now it is time for another place...

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

15 November 1985 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Mass Is Ended See more »

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Production Co:

Faso Film See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Initially, the role of the terrorist was going to be played by Moretti himself, as some kind of Giulio's "evil twin", with the exception of having a beard in the case of the terrorist. Then, the role went to Vincenzo Salemme. See more »

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Lyrics by Claudio Daiano
Music by Gian Pietro Felisatti
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A very serious film about a life that has been isolated for about ten years.
13 March 2005 | by hakkikurtulusSee all my reviews

A great and very touching film. Similraties can be find between "le journal d'un curé de campagne" of Bresson, "winter light" of Bergman and that wonderful "la messa è finita". It was strange to me to find out a Moretti film which has not got a very determined autobiographical narration. This film is not "hilarous" or even "funny", it is about the ability to faith, to believe in someone, to love someone. The ironic face of Moretti is on the background: A confused Italian society panorama with its lots generations, wit its moral values between a traditional Catholicism and a capitalistic and individualistic vision of a society. A film of spring, but the feelings that it brings are more like the feelings of autumn. It is melancholic. It is harsh. It is about a young man who believes and who dares to return: Turning back to an island that the winds blows so powerfully that the church is attached to the soil with the chains. young man who has alienated from the world of his childhood. Rome of his memories does not exist anymore. His family, his parents, his brothers and sisters, everything about his past has changed. So a film about changing time. A film about someone who is not able to understand what is going on between the couples, who is daring to investigate the sense of love and being a couple.

A very well-written film: Screenplay is literally good. Not just a portrait of a man or a panorama of a society, but also the stories of happiness-es and sadness-es. A film about inner-life's. It is highly bergmanesque -- A film that ends where it begins. A film as a gallery of strange characters from the misanthrope brother to ex-communist. A very courageous film proves the talent of Moretti which can be situated among Bresson or Bergman. (Not only Allen and some other comics.)


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