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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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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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Thoughtful and touching
7 April 1999 | by DubhSee all my reviews

"La messa è finita" is one of the best movies ever directed by Nanni Moretti, telling the story of a young priest and his life among relatives and friends. Their problems urge the priest to evaluate more deeply his vocation. With regard to other movies by Moretti, this one is not as overtly autobiographical as other, more recent titles. This allows the characteristic irony of Moretti a more fluid hand in depicting the little tragedies of his generation. At the same time, he is able to provide a thoughtful and touching portrait of a young priest in an Italy which is less and less Catholic.


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