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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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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

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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 »

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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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Monica Bellucci had to learn Sicilian for the role, a dialect that is noticeably different from her native Italian. See more »

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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 »

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[last lines]
Renato Amoroso: I pedaled as fast as I could... as if I were escaping from longing, from innocence, from her. Time has passed, and I have loved many women. And as they've held me close... and asked if I will remember them I've said, "Yes, I will remember you." But the only one I've never forgotten is the one who never asked... Malena.
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The movie is dedicated to Tornatore's Father See more »

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In the Mood
Written by Wingy Manone, Andy Razaf and Joe Garland
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More than just Monica.
28 November 2010 | by See all my reviews

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.

8/10.


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