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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 »

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Nanni Moretti

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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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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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Faso Film See more »
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Mono

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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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Aiuto, Don Giulio ! The new Michele Apicella
13 May 1999 | by urickSee all my reviews

The film begins with a wedding and finishes with too. A young candid priest, Don Giulio, returns home and finds bad changes. His new church is empty. The last priest is married and has a son. His father has an affair with a young woman (he goes to this woman to talk to her but gets upset and says good bye gruffly. That's the Moretti's style, I mean a very serious character in a very tense situation. The situation becomes funny because his reactions are unexpected, sudden and violent) His sister wants to have an abortion. His old friends, from the day he was a revolutionary, are misfits. An ex-commie is now catholic and wants to become a priest and finally get married. Don Giulio is on the brink of depression and resignation because he realizes that the new world is only based on material and sexual needs. He is an obsolete and useless man like a relic from the past. In my opinion, the scene that sums up his future behaviour is when he is playing football with children and suddenly falls down like a dead man which symbolizes the priest's distress. There is a leitmotiv music with a nostalgic mood played in a various ways all along the film. The music is very important because it explains Moretti's feelings, for instance : he plays with sound effects (the musical fade) in order to emphasize the drama itself; when his sister deals with his father, Don Giulio turns the radio up outloud : ironic and dramatic at once. Nanni Moretti also uses singing as tongue-in-cheek effects. He deals with serious and sad matters in a bittersweet way. Instead of the usual Michele Apicella character, Moretti now plays priest Don Giulio (like Socrates) who still enjoys his cakes, his ball, his mother and himself. Moretti treats the theme of the uncomprising individual through the courage and the stubbornness of his desperate priest who, for example, undergoes three times the violent attacks of men that don't want to park their car properly. The best scene is when the priest tries to save a friend from hoodlums and recite Dante. Nanni Moretti shows us a wide array of fantastic characters, for instance : the misanthropic man who wants to erase his past. "La messa è finita" is a subtle pamphlet and an analysis of today's Italy cleverly directed. Iconic actor Nanni Moretti remains the best contemporary European director.


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