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Ginostra (2002)

An F.B.I. Agent from America and his bride and young child travel to the Sicilian island of Ginostra, to solve the murder of a key witness.

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Manuel Pradal

Writer:

Manuel Pradal
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Harvey Keitel ... Matt Benson
Andie MacDowell ... Jessie
Francesca Neri ... Elena Gigli
Stefano Dionisi ... Giovanni Gigli
Harry Dean Stanton ... Del Piero
Mattia De Martino Mattia De Martino ... Ettore Greco (as Mattia do Martino)
Asia Argento ... The Nun
Luigi Maria Burruano Luigi Maria Burruano ... Ettore's Uncle
Angela Goodwin Angela Goodwin ... Mother Superior
Veronica Lazar ... Suzanna Del Piero
Maurizio Nicolosi Maurizio Nicolosi ... Manzella
Tony Palazzo Tony Palazzo ... Stefano Greco
Mia Benedetta ... Elena's Aunt
Mirella Mezzeranghi Mirella Mezzeranghi ... Paola
Danielle Marie Valenti Danielle Marie Valenti ... Tina
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Matt Benson, an FBI investigator, has been posted to the island of Panarea in the Lipari archipelago within the framework of an agreement between the USA and Italy. He has been allocated a comfortable, well-protected house with vast grounds and a private cove facing the Ginostra volcano. This delights his wife Jessie and their 5-year-old daughter Tina. A few days after they arrive, a 11-year-old boy, Ettore Greco, a Mafia victim, is questioned by Matt about the death of his whole family in a car bombing. For security reasons, Matt decides to bring Ettore to the house where he is living. This artificial adoption gradually reveals the tragic secret binding Matt to the child, a secret Jessie knows nothing about. From secrets to lies, the atmosphere in the villa slowly leads the Benson family to the gates of hell. Outside is the danger, inside is the fear. In between is an orphan child... Written by Anonymous

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child | island | fbi | death | boy | See All (18) »

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Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some sexuality/nudity and brief violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

France | Italy | USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

29 January 2003 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

El misterio de Ginostra See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$177,098
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Harvey Keitel and Andie MacDowell starred in Shadrach (1998). See more »

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Its that old story of Evil nuns, Erupting Volcanoes and Mafia hit men hiding from the FBI
14 June 2004 | by s-oconnellSee all my reviews

I saw this movie at the Toronto Filmfest and had such high hopes... soon to be dashed. The plot is both confused and boring, leaving the audience incapable of identifying with the characters. The backdrop of an erupting volcano tries to give the film tension but merely confuses the storyline. Harvey Keitel manages to make some of the movie at least watchable but this movie rated high on the numb-bum-omiter... for a movie pegged at 135 mins it felt like 4 hours.

The whole audience was left in stunned silence at the end of the movie. When the Q and A started the director was asked "what were the evil nuns about? " he didn't seem to know what they were there for either... I'd like to think it was a nod to Monty Python ;-)


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