Cultural critic David Kepesh finds his life, which he indicates is a state of "emancipated manhood", thrown into tragic disarray by Consuela Castillo, a well-mannered student who awakens a sense of sexual possessiveness in her teacher.
Enza, 16, a drop out, is arrested with her older sister, Rosaria, for shoplifting. They're sent to a reformatory run by hard-nosed nuns. The girls tease Enza because she's a virgin. So, on ... See full summary »
From the roaring 1920s to the ruinous Spanish Civil War and Adolf Hitler's rise into power, the lives of an Irish schoolteacher, a provocative heiress and her Spanish muse are intricately interlaced, sharing the same destiny and passion.
Sabina has a regular life. She is satisfied with her job and her love for Franco. Lately nightmares start disturbing her, and almost in the same time she discovers to be pregnant. Step by ... See full summary »
Luigi Lo Cascio,
While waiting for the brain surgery of his daughter Angela, victim of a motorcycle accident, the surgeon Timoteo (Sergio Castellitto) recalls his torrid affair with and passion for Italia (Penélope Cruz), a simple woman from slums in the periphery of the big city where he lives. The ghost of the beloved and sexual object of desire Italia chases him in his memories.Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
I loved the film, its 'fellinesque' atmosphere and characters. It is lyrical, dramatic, realistic and poetic... It represents a mixture of real and surreal elements, of personal and social issues. Castellitto topped his performance in the "L'uomo delle stelle". His talent as an actor and a director shines through this film. Unbelievable performance also by Cruz, who picked up on the new wave of Hollywood actresses playing unattractive women (Kidman, Theron). I was pleasantly surprised by it! What a break from Hollywood! No doubt this film deserves all the prizes there are to win. Overall, it is a classic which I will watch and re-watch again and again - there is so much more than one can see at the first viewing. Thank you, Sergio!
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