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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.

Director:

Giuseppe Tornatore

Writers:

Giuseppe Tornatore (screenplay), Luciano Vincenzoni (original story)
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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

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Country:

Italy | USA

Release Date:

2 February 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Malena See more »

Filming Locations:

Messina, Sicily, Italy See more »

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (heavily cut) | (TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Highly censored in countries such as the USA and UK. Uncut Italian version is 105 minutes (PAL) while the UK version is heavily cut to 88 minutes (PAL), which becomes 92 minutes in the USA due to NTSC slowdown. Meaning more than 16% of its run-time is cut. See more »

Goofs

After Renato passes out, he is in his mother's lap. His arm position changes between shots. 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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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Spoofs The Last Days of Pompeii (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

Ma l'amore no
Written by Giovanni D'Anzi and Michele Galdieri
Performed by Lina Termini
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'Malena' Almost Beyond Description
4 November 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See 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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