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Sole negli occhi (2001)

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Credited cast:
Fabrizio Gifuni ... Marco
Valerio Mastandrea ... Rinaldi
Delia Boccardo ... Marco's Mother
Gianni Cavina Gianni Cavina ... Marco's Father
Margherita Cenni Margherita Cenni ... Katia
Emanuela Macchniz Emanuela Macchniz ... Elena
Maurizio Donadoni Maurizio Donadoni
Manrico Gammarota Manrico Gammarota
Cinzia Mascoli Cinzia Mascoli ... Maura
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pierfilippo Angelini Pierfilippo Angelini
Paolo Buzzurro Paolo Buzzurro
Gabriele Dovadoli Gabriele Dovadoli
Romuald Andrzej Klos ... Mago Cilindro (as Romuald Klos)
Simone Merini Simone Merini
Martina Ugolini Martina Ugolini


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23 November 2001 (Italy) See more »

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Adeia matia See more »

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La luce negli occhi explores the banality of evil.
12 January 2002 | by epetrovSee all my reviews

Every so often there comes a film that reminds us what can be achieved when the filmmaker trusts his medium. La luce negli occhi explores the darkest impulses of the human psyche without resorting to special effects, gratuitous bloodshed, or the ubiquitous voiceover. This disturbing, unforgettable work leads us through the labyrinthine psychological complexities of patricide, relying almost entirely on the evocative power of the visual image. The film opens with the glinting steel blade of the carving knife being bought in a shopping mall by a young man, Marco (Fabrizio Gifuni). He is dark, disheveled, feverish. The violence that soon follows is implicit in that initial visual juxtaposition. The murder of Marco's father is not the climax of the film but its impetus. As we are drawn into his tortured emotional struggle with the reality of his crime, the growing tension derives not from the question of whether Marco will confess, but whether he will be destroyed by his torment before he can do so. Fabrizio Gifuni's performance as the protagonist is quite extraordinary. On screen almost the entire length of the film, he subtly communicates the powerful, inexplicable conflict just below Marco's almost emotionless exterior: the obsessive, juvenile motivation buried beneath years of repressed feelings and memories. La luce negli occhi, like Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment, lays bare the incomprehensible banality of evil.

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