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Mario's War (2005)

La guerra di Mario (original title)
A rebellious little boy has been taken away from his abusive mother and placed in the temporary care of a young couple. And while Mario is a singular child, commendably portrayed by the ... See full summary »

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Antonio Capuano

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Antonio Capuano
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Cast

Credited cast:
Valeria Golino ... Giulia
Marco Grieco Marco Grieco ... Mario
Andrea Renzi ... Sandro
Imma Villa Imma Villa ... Mirella
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Emanuele Annunziata Emanuele Annunziata ... Luciano
Anita Caprioli ... Adriana Cutolo
Rosaria De Cicco Rosaria De Cicco ... Nunzia
Rosalba Di Girolamo Rosalba Di Girolamo
Nunzio Gallo Nunzio Gallo ... Nonno
Sergio Longobardi Sergio Longobardi
Antonio Pennarella Antonio Pennarella ... Guido
Lucia Ragni Lucia Ragni ... Giudice
Valeria Sabel Valeria Sabel ... Nonna
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A rebellious little boy has been taken away from his abusive mother and placed in the temporary care of a young couple. And while Mario is a singular child, commendably portrayed by the pugilistic Marco Grieco, what turns Antonio Capuano's Mario's War into a fine film is not just this penetrating performance but the sensitive depiction of the new world that envelops this young boy. This film gets to the heart of the restless struggle between an adult and a child who have to adapt to each other without the bond of a biological relationship. Giulia is a special woman who gratefully and bravely embraces her new foster son. As played by the wonderful Valeria Golino (recently seen in Respiro), we recognize her unbending strength and commitment to meeting this huge challenge. Not only does she have to grapple with every obstacle Mario throws at her, but she has to cope with the doubts and hesitation of Sandro (Andrea Renzi), the man she lives with and loves... Hovering uneasily over the ... Written by antonello

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

3 March 2006 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Naples, Campania, Italy See more »

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Budget:

EUR1,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$270,778
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Fandango, Indigo Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital
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Soundtracks

Prelude In C Sharp Minor BWV 849
Composed By Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Ketil Bjørnstad
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excellent!!
26 October 2005 | by lunasanguineSee all my reviews

I went to watch this movie during the London film festival and I thought it was brilliant. extremely well directed especially for Capuano who is filming under a different perspective and certainly doing something he is not used to. Performances from both Golino and Marco (last name ?) were very good and very strong.

The plot itself can be disturbing depending on the point of view and it basically depicts the emotional turbulence it is to adopt a very troubled young child and bring him out of the mindset he is used to in a conventional yet effective manner. Conventional is someone Golino doesn't portray. She is artistic, exuberant, liberal, creative and innovative. No one is sure if this is what the little boy needs but the formula certainly makes for interesting viewing and i recommend this to anyone. This is also based on a real life story on which the director keeps a close account to.


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