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Sicilian Ghost Story (2017)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Fantasy | 30 November 2018 (USA)
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Against a heavy cloak of secrecy, a 12-year-old girl smitten with her handsome classmate ventures deeper and deeper into the enchanted Sicilian forests to find him, unaware of just how thick is the mystery behind his strange disappearance.
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Cast overview:
Julia Jedlikowska Julia Jedlikowska ... Luna
Gaetano Fernandez Gaetano Fernandez ... Giuseppe
Corinne Musallari Corinne Musallari ... Loredana
Andrea Falzone Andrea Falzone ... Nino
Federico Finocchiaro Federico Finocchiaro ... Calogero
Lorenzo Curcio Lorenzo Curcio ... Mariano
Vincenzo Amato ... Padre di Luna
Sabine Timoteo Sabine Timoteo ... Madre di Luna
Filippo Luna ... U'Nanu
Baldassare Tre Re Baldassare Tre Re ... Venatura
Rosario Terranova Rosario Terranova ... Scannacristiani
Gabriele Falsetta Gabriele Falsetta ... Giufà
Vincenzo Crivello Vincenzo Crivello ... Il Tedesco
Dino Santoro Dino Santoro ... Chiodo (as Corrado Santoro)
Antonio Prester Antonio Prester ... Nonno di Giuseppe


In a little Sicilian village at the edge of a forest, Giuseppe, a boy of 13, vanishes. Luna, his classmate who loves him, refuses to accept his mysterious disappearance. She rebels against the silence and complicity that surround her, and to find him she descends into the dark world which has swallowed him up and which has a lake as its mysterious entrance. Only their indestructible love will be able to bring her back along.

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Release Date:

30 November 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Fantasma da Sicília See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

€41,087 (Italy), 21 May 2017, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,324, 2 December 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$15,285, 21 February 2019
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The story was inspired by the real life abduction and murder of the son of a Mafia informant in 1993. See more »


When going back to the forest Luna retrieves Giuseppe's backpack and finds a figurine of Son Goku with blue hair. Then Luna and Loredana dye their hair blue like the toy. Son Goku appears in Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Kai, Dragon Ball GT, Dragon Ball Super. The movie takes place in the 90's and Son Goku did not achieve the blue hair transformation yet. Blue hair is a new transformation that appeared with Dragon Ball Super which has been released only in 2015. They should have referred to Dragon Ball Z and a yellow hair transformation (the only one known in the 90's for Sayans like Son Goku). See more »


Performed by Sinéad O'Connor
(Sinéad O'Connor (as S. O'Connor)
(P) 1987 & (C) 2017 Chrysalis Records Limited
(P) 2017 Kobalt Music Publishing LTD (KMP)
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Lyrical fairy tale inspired by a true incident
17 December 2018 | by gortxSee all my reviews

The title is a bit of a misnomer, as SICILIAN GHOST STORY is a lyrical drama Co-Directed and Co-Written by the team of Fabio Grassandonia and Antonio Piazza. Inspired by the true story of the disappearance of a teenage boy in 1993, the movie isn't a documentation of the case as much as it takes off from the memories of that incident. Grassandonia and Piazza transform those memories into a Romeo & Juliet style fable, even though the lovers here kiss but once. Luna (Julia Jedikowska) and Giussppe (Gaetano Fernandez) have no sooner come together when they are violently thrust apart (needless to say, a certain Sicilian organized crime group is involved). The Directors take a while to build to what they are aiming for. The actors are good with Jedikowska being particularly winsome and determined. Once the movie's phantasmagorical aspects come to the fore, the second half gains its footing. The Directors were fortunate to pair up with a couple of master Director Paolo Sorrentino's (THE GREAT BEAUTY, YOUTH) collaborators in Critiano Travaglioli (editing) and Luca Bigazzi (cinematography) and they assist immeasurably in fulfilling their vision. The locations are well-chosen, including the key Agrigento ruins. While not the horror film the title promises, SICILIAN GHOST STORY is an engrossing tale of its own. It very much plays like the kind of legend the island locales might tell years from now. The one about the girl who loved too much.

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