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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.

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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She was too young to be a widow, and too beautiful to be alone. Every man wanted to have her. One boy risked everything to protect her. 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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Details

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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

After production on the film was completed, Monica Bellucci was cast as Persephone in The Matrix Reloaded (2003) and The Matrix Revolutions (2003) the sequels to the blockbuster The Matrix (1999). See more »

Goofs

The bike that Renato rides, suddenly has a modern derailleur-type chain tensioner at the rear at about 20-21 minutes into the film. At all other times, his bike has a fixed rear gear without the chain tensioner. See more »

Quotes

Renato Amoroso: Signora Malena, a more capable person than me... wrote that the only true love is unrequited love. Now I understand why. It's been so long since you last came out of your house. But the longer we are apart, the stronger my love becomes.
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The movie is dedicated to Tornatore's Father See more »

Connections

Referenced in Journey to Safety: Making 'Tears of the Sun' (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

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