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Dormant Beauty (2012)

Bella addormentata (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 6 September 2012 (Italy)
A mosaic of several intertwined stories questioning the meaning of life, love and hope, set during the last six days in the life of Eluana Englaro, a young woman who spent 17 years in a vegetative state.


Marco Bellocchio


Marco Bellocchio (story), Marco Bellocchio (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
8 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Toni Servillo ... Uliano Beffardi
Isabelle Huppert ... Divina Madre
Alba Rohrwacher ... Maria
Michele Riondino ... Roberto
Maya Sansa ... Rossa
Pier Giorgio Bellocchio ... Dr. Pallido
Gianmarco Tognazzi Gianmarco Tognazzi ... Marito della Divina Madre (as Gian Marco Tognazzi)
Brenno Placido Brenno Placido ... Federico
Fabrizio Falco Fabrizio Falco ... Pipino
Gigio Morra Gigio Morra ... Il persuasore
Federica Fracassi ... Madre
Roberto Herlitzka ... Lo psichiatra
Carlotta Cimador Carlotta Cimador ... Rosa
Antonio De Matteo Antonio De Matteo ... Medico Scommettitore
Vanessa Scalera Vanessa Scalera ... Deputato PD


A mosaic of several intertwined stories questioning the meaning of life, love and hope, set during the last six days in the life of Eluana Englaro, a young woman who spent 17 years in a vegetative state.

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Well Meaning With Good Intentions Though Slightly Lacking
31 August 2014 | by comicman117See all my reviews

Marco Bellocchio's Dormant Beauty is a well-made movie. The film has good acting, good cinematography, decent dialogue, some interesting directing choices, strong themes, and all around is a very well done movie. Despite this though, the film suffers from a somewhat confusing story structure.

There is a specific story in Dormant Beauty, but it is also about episodes that tackle such subjects as life, love and hope. Such stories are treated in an adult manner. Dormant Beauty is set in Italy, and is based on the true story of Eluana Englaro, a woman who, because of a car accident, is in a coma state. Her parents consider euthanasia, but isn't legal to do in Italy in her specific situation, and the church and politics get involved.

Dormant Beauty is also about two other stories relating to acquaintances of Englaro. These stories don't feel that connected to each other, which makes the film seem like it's more of an anthology series in some ways, but the similarity in subject material is still evident. One of the stories is about a young woman trying to kill herself with heroin. I liked how they approached the topic of heroin and suicide and the acting was also very good. The other story is about a member of the political government of Berlusconi who refuses to join the party and wants to pursue a bill that will make euthanasia completely illegal in Italy. What I liked about the political story of the film was the way it was shot. After the death of a woman in the politician's story which he is sad about it, in the background, a political gathering is shown appearing from the politician's mind, but almost like it's happening right next to him, but it's not. That scene is incredibly powerful and powerfully acted.

The film's score, small as it is, is quite good. Having a classical feel but also a modern mix as well.

Dormant Beauty is a film with good intentions, but suffers from somewhat of an incoherent story, and a lack of a real style. It has its moments, and the setting looks great.

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Release Date:

6 September 2012 (Italy) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy See more »


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EUR5,700,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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