Years after declaring her eternal virginity and opting to live life as a man in the mountains of Albania, Hana looks to return to living as a woman as she settles into a new existence in modern-day Milan.


Laura Bispuri


Elvira Dones (novel), Laura Bispuri (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
Alba Rohrwacher ... Hana / Mark
Emily Ferratello Emily Ferratello ... Jonida
Lars Eidinger ... Bernhard
Flonja Kodheli Flonja Kodheli ... Lila
Luan Jaha Luan Jaha ... Stjefen
Bruno Shllaku Bruno Shllaku ... Gjergj
Ilire Vinca Celaj Ilire Vinca Celaj ... Katrina


Hana Doda, still a girl, escapes from her destiny of being wife and servant which is imposed on the women in the inhospitable mountains in Albania. She appeals to the old law of the Kanun and swears her eternal virginity thus becoming a "sworn virgin". She turns into a man, takes up a rifle and becomes Mark, Mark Doda. It is in exchange for this sacrifice that Hana is allowed to be considered at the same level as other men. Her battle does not only mean that she must rebel against what destiny has been writing on her body for centuries, but she must also reject, in name of this rebellion, every form of love. A refusal that becomes her prison. After more than ten years spent in solitude in the mountains as a man, she becomes brutish and she transforms to survive the hardship, the cold and misery, until something returns to awaken her again... Hana decides to change life and painstakingly regain her body. She knows that leaving the mountains is the price she will have to pay to be able ...

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Living with the choices that we make...
19 July 2016 | by tanujpoddarSee all my reviews

This movie based on a book by Elvira Dones depicts a society with very strict rules for its women. They don't have rights to take any decisions and have to live under the restrictive rules of the patriarchal society. However, there is a provision, to avoid living under male guardianship, women can vow to remain a virgin forever and live as a man. This story follows one such woman who decided to live as a man. She today lives as Mark in the mountain village, alone, without any social contacts and without any sense of belonging even after spending her whole life there. Mark decides to visit his sister, who long back ran away from the village long back and today lives with her husband and teen-aged daughter in Milan. Witnessing a society where women are given freedom to do everything and live with independence, Mark undergoes a journey of recounting the instances in her teenage that prompted her to live as a man. The movie is the journey Mark takes to find and accept her femininity.

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Albanian | Italian

Release Date:

19 March 2015 (Italy) See more »

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Sworn Virgin See more »


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$830, 24 April 2016

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