Happy As Lazzaro (Lazzaro felice) (2018)

ALICE ROHRWACHER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  Italy/Switzerland/France/Germany, 2018.  Tempesta, Amka Films Productions, Ad Vitam Production, Pola Pandora Filmproduktions, Rai Cinema, RSI-Radiotelevisione Svizzera, Arte France, Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali e del Turismo, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Regione Lazio, Office Fédéral de la Culture, Fonds Eurimages du Conseil de l’Europe.  Screenplay by…

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Tale Of Tales (Il Racconto Dei Racconti)

BB.5 (out of 5) Matteo Garrone turns away from the harsh contemporary realities of his recent films and applies his dark style to an adaptation of three fairy tales by seventeenth century storyteller Giambattista Basile. Salma Hayek is a queen who will do anything to have a child and must deal with the consequences of her determination, two aged sisters…

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The Wonders (Le Meraviglie)

BBBB (out of 5) A family of Tuscan honey producers live a life of routine and hard work, lorded over by their gruff father who relies most on his eldest daughter Gelsomina to keep things running smoothly.  A young teenager, she’s the eldest of four girls who take part in the family business, the rest…

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I Am Love (Io Sono L’Amore) (2009)

LUCA GUADAGNINO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Italy, 2009.  First Sun, Mikado Film, Rai Cinema, La Dolce Vita Productions, Pixeldna, Ministero per I Beni e le Attivita Culturali.  Story by Luca Guadagnino, Screenplay by Barbara Alberti, Ivan Cotroneo, Walter Fasano, Luca Guadagnino.  Cinematography by Yorick Le Saux.  Produced by Luca Guadagnino, Francesco Melzi d’Eril, Marco Morabito, Tilda Swinton, Alessandro Usai,…

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Dormant Beauty (Bella Addormentata)

BBBB (out of 5) The true case of Eluana Englaro inspires a three-pronged tale in this richly enjoyable melodrama by Marco Bellocchio. Englaro was a young woman whose parents decided to take her off life support after she had been in a coma for seventeen years, sparking a firestorm of controversy around the country about…

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My Brother Is An Only Child (Mio Fratello E Figlio Unico)

BBBBB (out of 5) Adolescence is a difficult time, but it’s also the perfect opportunity to get roped into one of the many 1960s political movements that are threatening to tear Italy apart. After dropping out of seminary because he had too many questions, Accio infuriates his family by joining the Fascist Party, setting him…

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