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Misunderstood (2014)

Incompresa (original title)
Unrated | | Drama | 5 June 2014 (Italy)
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Rome, 1984, Aria is nine-year-old girl. On the verge of divorce, Aria's infantile and selfish parents are too preoccupied with their careers and extra-marital affairs to properly tend to ... See full summary »

Director:

Asia Argento

Writers:

Barbara Alberti (screenplay), Asia Argento
2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Giulia Salerno ... Aria
Charlotte Gainsbourg ... Yvonne Casella, la madre
Gabriel Garko ... Padre
Carolina Poccioni Carolina Poccioni ... Lucrezia
Anna Lou Castoldi Anna Lou Castoldi ... Donatina
Alice Pea Alice Pea ... Angelica
Andrea Pittorino Andrea Pittorino ... Adriano
Riccardo Russo Riccardo Russo ... Ciccio
Sofia Patron Sofia Patron ... Maria Teresa
Max Gazzè Max Gazzè ... Manuel Ginori
Justin Pearson Justin Pearson ... Ricky
Gianmarco Tognazzi Gianmarco Tognazzi ... Dodo
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mario Bois Mario Bois ... Il postino
Olimpia Carlisi Olimpia Carlisi ... Nonna
Antony Hickling ... Ricky (voice)
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Rome, 1984, Aria is nine-year-old girl. On the verge of divorce, Aria's infantile and selfish parents are too preoccupied with their careers and extra-marital affairs to properly tend to any of Aria's needs. While her two older sisters are pampered, Aria is treated with cold indifference. Yet she yearns to love and to be loved. At school, Aria excels academically but is considered a misfit by everyone. She is misunderstood. Aria finds comfort in her cat - Dac and in her best friend - Angelica. Thrown out of both parents' homes, abandoned by all, even her best friend, Aria finally reaches the limit of what she can bear. She makes an unexpected decision in her life. Written by Cannes Film Festival

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Drama

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Loosely based on Asia Argento's childhood. See more »

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Requiem in D minor K. 626
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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Makes the familiar fresh
11 March 2017 | by runamokprodsSee all my reviews

Argento has managed to transcend the trappings the ocean of coming of age/awful childhood films to create something odd, funny, sad horrifying, inventive and unique.

It's triply impressive because the heroine here is a 'poor little rich girl' – thus making her less automatically sympathetic, and she is clearly rooted in Argento's own childhood growing up with artistic, dramatic and well known parents. And it's very easy for such a personal film to lose its objectivity and simply become a scream at those adults that wounded you as a child. But by playing deftly with black humor and touches of the surreal the film mostly avoids self- pity on one side and the overly familiar on the other.

Yes, by the end watching spunky, sweet and sad little Aria get endlessly shuffled back and forth between her divorced and monstrously selfish parents gets a bit repetitive (although it IS all slowly evolving towards an ending – the repetition does pay off). And a few sequences don't work as well as most. But for every minor miss-step under Argento's adventurous hand there are a number of wonderful and very cinematic moments. It's a film I look forward to seeing again, and I hope it gets an English subtitled release on blu-ray or DVD soon.


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$104,534
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