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Sacred Silence (1996)

Pianese Nunzio, 14 anni a maggio (original title)
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A young priest crusades against organized crime in his Naples neighbourhood but falls in love with a 13-year old boy. It's the chance the gangsters were waiting for to get rid of the thorn ... See full summary »

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Antonio Capuano

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Antonio Capuano (screenplay), Antonio Capuano (story)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Gaetano Amato Gaetano Amato
Fabrizio Bentivoglio ... Don Lorenzo Borrelli
Flavio Brunetti Flavio Brunetti
Rosaria De Cicco Rosaria De Cicco ... Rosaria
Emanuele Gargiulo Emanuele Gargiulo ... Nunzio Pianese
Beppe Gatta Beppe Gatta
Livia Imparato Livia Imparato
Manuela Martinelli Manuela Martinelli ... Ada
Vincenzo Pirozzi
Teresa Saponangelo Teresa Saponangelo ... Anna Maria Pica
Antonella Stefanucci ... Sandra
Tonino Taiuti Tonino Taiuti ... Cuccarini
Carlo Triola Carlo Triola
Nando Triola Nando Triola ... Giovanni Pianese
C. Vacalebre C. Vacalebre
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A young priest crusades against organized crime in his Naples neighbourhood but falls in love with a 13-year old boy. It's the chance the gangsters were waiting for to get rid of the thorn in their side. Will they be able to force the boy to accuse the priest of sexual harassment and have his reputation destroyed? Written by Giancarlo Cairella <vertigo@imdb.com>

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Tragressivo, provocatorio, aspro: la seconda fatica di Antonio Capuano dopo "Vito e gli altri" è un film che ha fatto e farà discutere a lungo.

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

5 September 1996 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Sacred Silence See more »

Filming Locations:

Naples, Campania, Italy

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Fattallà dub
Written and performed by Almamegretta
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Priest as a Villain and Hero
23 July 2001 | by Havan_IronOakSee all my reviews

In Naples a priest begins a campaign against the Camorra. He's particularly vulnerable in that he has a "relationship" with 13-year-old Nunzio an alter boy, semi orphan and talented singer.

The priest in this film is both a hero in his fight against the Camorro and a villain in his abuse or molestation of Nunzio. Lest the priest be too sympathetic a character there is Gigi an older boy who apparently was the priest's last protégé who appears at the beginning of the film and complains that the priest doesn't seem to have time for him anymore. `Things change' he's told.

The audience is left to judge for themselves as the priest seems to harbor no guilt about his actions and the boy says that he enjoyed the affection. This is another of those films that deal with morality at the uncomfortable border between what is rightfully the business of a society and what is better left as a private matter between consenting partners.


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