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The life of the virgin and martyr Santa Maria Goretti.


Giulio Base


Francesco Contaldo (story)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Massimo Bonetti Massimo Bonetti ... Luigi Goretti
Luisa Ranieri ... Assunta Goretti
Flavio Insinna Flavio Insinna ... Padre Basilio
Martina Pinto Martina Pinto ... Maria Goretti
Fabrizio Bucci Fabrizio Bucci ... Alessandro Serenelli
Marco Messeri ... Don Temistocle
Luca Biagini
Giulio Base ... Medico
Manrico Gammarota Manrico Gammarota
Paolo De Vita Paolo De Vita
Rita del Piano Rita del Piano
Paolo Fosso
Claudia Koll Claudia Koll ... Contessa Mazzoleni
Marco Arrigoni Marco Arrigoni
Fiammetta Baralla Fiammetta Baralla


Long length with Maria Goretti's touching history and of Alessandro Serenelli. Two young that live an intense friendship which could have transformed her in a love history. Alessandro, however, in an impulse of violent passion, he transforms it in a tragedy. The film, of that tender and simple youth, wants to show that it is possible to conserve the Christian values, even at the expense of the sacrifice of the own life, testifying in the pardon, the force of the love without measure. Written by Anonimous

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23 February 2003 (Italy) See more »

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Lux Vide, Rai Fiction See more »
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I Just Saw This Movie On Youtube;
7 October 2009 | by ClusiumSee all my reviews

The only problem was I could not get it with English subtitles. The reason I was able to follow along was because I know the story about St. Maria Goretti.

She was a little Italian peasant girl, who was working on a farm with her family, and her family was living and working with another family, the Serenellis. Not long after moving onto the farmland, Maria's father dies of Malaria, leaving Maria's mother to take care of the family. One of the sons of the Serenelli family, Alessandro, becomes addicted to pornography, and begins to lust after 11-year-old Maria. He eventually starts to make advances on her, but, Maria is a pious little Catholic girl, who repulses his advances, and becomes frightened of him. When Maria makes her First Holy Communion, she becomes more committed to being faithful to Christ and to prayer, and becomes even more resolved to avoid the harassment Alessandro puts her through, until finally one day, he comes upon her while she is mending some socks, and drags her into the house, intending to rape her. However, Maria being a devout Catholic girl, warns Alessandro that if he assaults her he will go to Hell, and fights off the rape. Alessandro is finally frustrated with Maria's rejection of him and stabbed her repeatedly. First Alessandro's father finds Maria, and then Maria's mother sees her also. They take her to the nearest hospital, and Maria finally tells her mother what Alessandro had been trying to do to her, and that he had always warned her that if she ever told anyone he would kill her and her mother. On her death bed, Maria dies forgiving Alessandro and praying for his repentance. Alessandro repented of his crime in prison, and years later lived to see her made a Saint.

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