Italy, 2012, 115 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: France
Topics: Political, Religion
Program: Modern Masters
Language: Italian English Sub-Titles
Awards: Winner: Marcello Mastroianni Award, Venice Film Festival
Isabelle Huppert and Toni Servillo (Il Divo) are superb in Italian master Marco Bellocchio’s characteristically eloquent work, a caustic political critique and keenly observed social drama that centers on the hot-button issue of euthanasia. Based on the real-life political firestorm that engulfed the country in 2009 when Beppe Englaro decided to take his long-comatose daughter Eluana off life support, Bellocchio’s film uses a loosely overlapping multi-thread structure to indelibly trace the hypocrisies and contradictions still rampant in today’s Italy.
Huppert shines in the role of a famous actress, an icy and staunch Catholic whose devotion to her own comatose daughter comes at the expense of family and employees. In another thread, Servillo delivers a profoundly human performance as an honest politician struggling with his conscience over his party’s decision to bring in a law expressly written to prevent Eluana’s assisted death.
Bellocchio makes no bones about where his allegiances lie. He delivers a supremely intelligent and powerful indictment of his country’s right-wing politics and the continued influence of the Catholic Church.
DIRECTOR: Marco Bellocchio
Producer: Riccardo Tozzi, Giovanni Stabilini, Marco Chimenz
Editor: Francesco Calvelli
Screenwriter: Marco Bellocchio, Veronica Raimo, Stefano Rulli
Cinematographer: Daniele Cipri
Music: Carlo Crivelli
Principal Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Toni Servillo, Alba Rohrwacher, Michele Riondino, Maya Sansa, Pier Giorgio Bellocchio
Filmography: Vincere (2009), The Wedding Director (2006), Good Morning, Night (2003), My Mother's Smile (2002), The Nanny (1999), Devil in the Flesh (1986), Fists in the Pocket (1965)
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