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Malèna (2000)

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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.

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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
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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

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A world at war. A young man coming of age. And the woman who changed his life forever See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance | War

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

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2 February 2001 (USA)  »

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Malena  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$62,282, 25 December 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,429,045, 1 April 2001
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This was the final film to be written by Luciano Vincenzoni. See more »

Goofs

When Malèna is hit by the local women after becoming a whore and her hair is cut, she doesn't have any marks or cuts on her head. But later there are sometimes two spots or cuts on her head. See more »

Quotes

Renato's Father: [regarding Renato's incessant and loud masturbation sessions at night] You are going to go blind!
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The movie is dedicated to Tornatore's Father See more »

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Spoofs Tarzan the Ape Man (1932) See more »

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A mio padre
Written by S Rossi
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'Malena' Almost Beyond Description
4 November 2006 | by See all my reviews

A gorgeous, voluptuous woman is the object of attention in this World War II period piece, set in an Italian town. The star is a horny 13-year-old who fantasizes about a relationship with this grown woman, "Malena," a sexy lady who gets all the mens' attention in the town, and all the wrath of the jealous town women.

This is a strange film at times but beautifully filmed and almost always interesting. Monica Bellucci is indeed a feast for any male's eyes. She is almost beyond description, looks-wise. What happens to her, unfairly, near the end is not pleasant. Otherwise, it's a pretty humorous film in segments, especially with dialog between the young kid and his dad. Some of the lines there and at other places made me laugh right out loud. Some of the language is not really profane but it's certainly crude. The kid is not that likable nor are his friends.

There is a such a mixture of genres in here that is makes the movie fresh almost every time I see it, which has been three times so far.


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