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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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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

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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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Although Renato is 12 years old in the film, Giuseppe Sulfaro was 15 years old when the film was in production and he is 3 years older than his on-screen character. 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!
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The movie is dedicated to Tornatore's Father See more »

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Giovinezza
Written by Giuseppe Blanc
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Beautiful and sad film
3 February 2006 | by See all my reviews

I do not remember who, but some critic, complained about not knowing what Malena thought and not being able to see her act and speak more in a movie...

I am sure all of us, especially in our childhoods, were once so deeply infatuated by another human being, that they were as sacred and as untouchable to us as Da Vinci's Giaconda.

That is why Malena is portrayed as a work of art who always looks down, burdened by her beauty. We can only suspect what she feels and we can enjoy the sight of her sad gorgeous face.

And absolutely no words are necessary!

This film compliments the saying: BE BORN HAPPY RATHER THAN BEAUTIFUL

I do agree that Monica Belucci, who I consider to be the most beautiful actress alive and one of the most enchanting beauties in the world, was perfect for this part!


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