7.5/10
74,848
224 user 89 critic

Malèna (2000)

Trailer
1:37 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $3.99 (SD) on Prime Video

ON DISC
Amidst the war climate, a teenage boy discovering himself becomes love-stricken by Malèna, a sensual woman living in a small, narrow-minded Italian town.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (original story)
Reviews
Popularity
1,207 ( 114)
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Malèna Scordia
... Renato Amoroso
Luciano Federico ... Renato's Father
Matilde Piana ... Renato's Mother
Pietro Notarianni ... Professor Bonsignore
Gaetano Aronica ... Nino Scordia
Gilberto Idonea ... Avvocato Centorbi (as Gilberto Idone)
Angelo Pellegrino ... Segretario politico
... Mantenuta del Barone
Pippo Provvidenti ... Dott. Cusimano
Maria Terranova ... Moglie Dott. Cusimano
Marcello Catalano ... Lieutenant Cadei
Elisa Morucci ... Lupetta
Domenico Gennaro ... Farmacista
... Moglie farmacista
Edit

Storyline

Malèna is about the peril of a beauty through the eyes of a 12 year old kid named Renato. He experiences three things on the same day, beginning of war, getting a bike and sees the arrival of Malèna in town. Through his eyes, we see the curse of beauty and loneliness of Malena, whose husband is presumed to be dead, and through his soul we see his love for her. Written by Paul

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

An intimate portrait and an epic story of the courage we discover, the innocence we surrender, and the memories we cherish.....forever. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

|

Release Date:

2 February 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Malena  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$62,282, 25 December 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,429,045, 1 April 2001
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (heavily cut) | (TV)

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Giuseppe Sulfaro was actually naked in the sex scene between Renato and Lupeta the prostitute and no body double was used. See more »

Goofs

Teenage Renato desires adult Malena. As he secretly watches her through knot-holes in the walls of her home, his eye shows its pupil (center dark portion) constricted (small). The pupil automatically dilates (gets bigger) when a person is emotionally aroused. Many close-up images of his eye show the pupil small, which it should not be. See more »

Quotes

Renato's Mother: But he'll have no pockets!
See more »

Crazy Credits

The movie is dedicated to Tornatore's Father See more »

Connections

Spoofs Tarzan the Ape Man (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

Sono tre parole
Written by Vittorio Mascheroni, Ennio Neri and Mario Mattoli
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
More than just Monica.
28 November 2010 | by See all my reviews

On the face of it, this movie is about a young boy's fantasies as he falls in love with the image of an older woman. I say 'image' because he doesn't know her at all to begin with, but as he watches, her increasingly sad truth is seen through his eyes.

It's also about Sicily during the war, but deeper than that, to me, it seems to be about the mob mind, jealousy and hatred and about how people tend to become what is expected of them, or don't.

Monica Bellucci is undeniably among the sexiest women alive and her near wordless performance is mesmerising. My only criticism is the somewhat stereotypical way that the 'men' are portrayed. Perhaps there's some truth that we are all driven from an area below the waist, but I'd like to think it's not true of all of us.

8/10.


37 of 38 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 224 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page