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The Nymph (1996)

Ninfa plebea (original title)
In the World War II, in a small Italian village, Nunziata is an easy woman married with the cuckold tailor Gioacchino. Her teenage daughter Miluzza teases men with her clothes and gets men ... See full summary »

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Lina Wertmüller

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Ugo Pirro, Domenico Rea (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Stefania Sandrelli ... Nunziata
Raoul Bova ... Pietro
Lucia Cara Lucia Cara ... Miluzza
Lorenzo Crespi
Luisa Amatucci Luisa Amatucci
Giuditta Del Vecchio Giuditta Del Vecchio
Pepe Da Rosa Pepe Da Rosa ... Don Peppe
Rino Marcelli Rino Marcelli ... Nonno Rafele
Massimo Bellinzoni Massimo Bellinzoni
Ennio Coltorti Ennio Coltorti ... Gioacchino
Isa Danieli Isa Danieli ... Gesummina
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paolo De Giorgio
Domenico Orsini Domenico Orsini ... Boy
Lola Pagnani
Simona Patitucci Simona Patitucci ... Rosanella / margherita
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In the World War II, in a small Italian village, Nunziata is an easy woman married with the cuckold tailor Gioacchino. Her teenage daughter Miluzza teases men with her clothes and gets men to lust after her. One day, Nunziata dies while having intercourse with an Italian Corporal at home, and Miluzza finds a job in the factory of the wealthy Don Peppe that rapes her. When Miluzza returns home, she learns that Gioacchino has died in the afternoon. Soon there are rumors that Miluzza had an affair with Don Peppe, but her grandfather protects her. Then Miluzza's village is bombed, her grandpa dies and she moves to another town to live with a friend. When she finds the Italian soldier Pietro wounded in the leg in her house, Miluzza saves his life and helps him to return to his family. Pietro proposes to marry her, but her mother wants to prove that Miluzza is virgin before blessing the marriage of her son. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

12 April 1996 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Nymph See more »

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Beautiful story of innocence lost and triumph over adversity.
1 April 2011 | by biguffdaSee all my reviews

Another thought-provoking film by Lina Wertmuller, The story and cinematography is what we have come to expect from Wertmuller's films, beautiful even during the turmoil of war. Italian with English subtitles. The Nymph follows a young girl's difficult passage into womanhood in World War II Italy. Miluzza experiences the love of family, and lust of soldiers and local men who are enchanted by her youth and beauty. Set in a very poor small village, the jealousy and judgment of others weighs heavily on the young Miluzza since her mother, Nunziata, is seen as a loose woman. Wertmuller draws the viewer to Miluzza's side as her innocence is tragically lost. She wonders at one point, "Why is everyone so evil to me?". There are some disturbing images of abuse and rape, but the overall message of this film is of hope and redemption. Miluzza's beautiful spirit triumphs after she helps a wounded Italian soldier return home after he stumbles into her life. Her demure beauty, feminine strength and goodness win over everyone in the end. Highly recommended for foreign film buffs.


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