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