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Shooting the Moon (1998)

L'albero delle pere (original title)
A little girl gets hurt by her mother's syringe. Her teenage half-brother tries to get her to get an HIV and hepatitis tests without their parents' knowledge, which causes more trouble.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Valeria Golino ... Silvia
Niccolò Senni ... Siddharta
Francesca Di Giovanni Francesca Di Giovanni ... Domitilla
Sergio Rubini ... Massimo
Stefano Dionisi ... Roberto
Corrado Invernizzi ... Laboratory technician
Chiara Noschese Chiara Noschese ... Girl at test lab
Victor Cavallo Victor Cavallo ... Coso
Maria Consagra Maria Consagra ... USL psychologist
Giuseppe Del Bono Giuseppe Del Bono ... Toni
Raffaella Lebboroni Raffaella Lebboroni ... Doctor
Sergio Pierattini Sergio Pierattini ... Police commissary
Andrea Liu Junyu Andrea Liu Junyu ... Paolo
Serena Scapagnini Serena Scapagnini ... Flavia
Bruno Sclafani Bruno Sclafani ... Michele


Fourteen-year-old Siddharta lives in Rome with his mother, Silvia - an affectionate, rambling, though shifty woman. She does not work. She lives by her wits, her friendships, her relationships. She's separated from Siddharta's father, Massimo, who does his best to help them. With Roberto she has a five-year-old daughter, Domitilla, who lives with her own father, from whom Silvia is also estranged. The two siblings love each other very much. Domitilla moves in for the Christmas holidays, and, one day while rummaging among her mother's trousse, gets hurt by a syringe. Emotional turmoil ensues. Siddharta has to live on in spite of his parents' mis-doings. He sends Domitilla to do HIV, HBV and HCV tests without their parents' knowledge. Hence, he has to use his own name. That causes unexpected trouble. Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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A beautiful movie...
20 February 2001 | by harleypassionSee all my reviews

I've not seen a better foreign film than this! A touching story about a brother's concern for his naughty adorable half sister. When Domitilla gets hurt by their mom's syringe, Siddharta takes it into his own hands to bring her for a checkup. in doing so, he lies in registration etc, and goes thru all means to ensure noone finds out, especially their mother and 2 fathers(or Domitilla's dad would demand custody for her due to mother's negligence) It truly is a wonderful movie on sibling love, and i highly recommend "Shooting the Moon" :)

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4 September 1998 (Italy) See more »

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The Pear Tree See more »

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2.35 : 1
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