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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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Taglines:

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

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 Amoroso: Buona fortuna, signora Malèna.
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The movie is dedicated to Tornatore's Father See more »

Alternate Versions

Original Italian version (rated T, suitable for all ages) runs 109 minutes. Miramax cut the film down to a running time of around 92 minutes, in order to obtain an R rating. Gone or shortened were many of Renato's dream sequences with Malena which involve a lot more nudity than in the cut version. See more »

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Remade as Monsoon (2015) See more »

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Giovinezza
Written by Giuseppe Blanc
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Very good
20 July 2015 | by zetesSee all my reviews

Sicily, 1940. A teenage boy (Giuseppe Sulfaro) is initiated into manhood when his friends introduce him to the glories of Malena (Monica Belluci), the most beautiful woman in town. Sulfaro becomes obsessed, following her wherever she goes on his bike, and he even spies on her in her home. His obsession is not the only one, as much as he wishes and wants to believe it were - the whole town worships her. Every man wants to have her, and every woman is deeply jealous of that fact. And, man, does that make life hard for Malena - her husband is fighting the war in Africa, and the rumors are flying, making life nearly impossible. Sulfaro might see her as a sex object initially, but the more he observes the more he sympathizes. This film begins as an enjoyable comedy, but it grows deeply serious. The climax is one of the harshest, most potent sequences I've seen in a long while. One will recognize the nostalgic tone of the movie if you're familiar with Cinema Paradiso, but I think this is actually a stronger film. Excellent.


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