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Baarìa (2009)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 25 September 2009 (Italy)
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Baaria is Sicilian slang for Bagheria where Tornatore was born and this is an autobiographic epic of three generations in the Sicilian village where he was born.

Director:

Giuseppe Tornatore

Writer:

Giuseppe Tornatore (story and screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Francesco Scianna ... Peppino Torrenuova
Margareth Madè ... Mannina
Lina Sastri Lina Sastri ... Tana / Beggard
Ángela Molina ... Sarina
Nicole Grimaudo ... Sarina as a young woman
Ficarra Ficarra ... Nino (as Salvo Ficarra)
Picone Picone ... Luigi (as Valentino Picone)
Gaetano Aronica Gaetano Aronica ... Cicco
Alfio Sorbello Alfio Sorbello ... Cicco as a young man
Lollo Franco Lollo Franco ... Don Giacinto
Giovanni Gambino Giovanni Gambino ... Peppino as a child
Giuseppe Garufì Giuseppe Garufì ... Pietro as a child
Aldo Baglio Aldo Baglio ... Speculator
Raoul Bova ... Roman journalist
Paolo Briguglia Paolo Briguglia ... Catechist
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Storyline

The film begins in the 1920's, in the Sicilian town of Bagheria (a.k.a. Baaria) where Giuseppe "Peppino" Torrenuova works as a shepherd to financially help his poor family. Over the next 50 years Giuseppe's life, as well as the life of the village, is observed. Giuseppe grows up, joins the Communist Party, marries a local girl (Mannina), has children and forges a political career for himself. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The planes flying over Bagheria are Lockheed P-38 Lightnings, a fighter/ fighter-bomber of the US Army Air Force. See more »

Alternate Versions

The initial UK DVD release of the film (by eone entertainment) is heavily cut, missing a total of ten minutes of footage. Not only is the 'controversial' cow death scene almost entirely cut out (missing the actual cow execution and subsequent bloodletting), but most of the scenes in the film are abridged by at least several seconds (and a few times cut out entirely). See more »

Connections

References Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) See more »

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Local boy remembers
9 October 2009 | by carladioniziSee all my reviews

Lovely to look at. A chunk of 1900 set in a small Sicilian town, that town where Giuseppe Tornatore, the writer director, was born. I thought it was a delightful two and a half hours of snippets between fades to black. just like memories work, a bit of this and a bit of that. A tapestry of highs and lows among the remarkably unremarkable. My only puzzlement comes with the way Italians are reacting to "Baaria" Even if it was at the top of the box office charts there is tendency to dismiss this film for not confronting this for not confronting that for being too "clean" and a lot of other absurdities like that. This is an epic, expensive looking, personal film by the anointed "best living Italian Director" which means a director that is marketable in other countries, specially USA. I can predict that Americans will love "Baaria" in spite of the red flags and the romantic view of communism. They know that school of thought is by now as anachronistic as a typewriter and just as harmless. The leads are played by two scrumptious new stars and from the collection of cameos I took away with me Angela Molina and Lina Sastri remain vividly in my mind.


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Italy | France

Language:

Sicilian | Italian | English

Release Date:

25 September 2009 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

EUR28,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,017,513
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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