An old movie review
Movie review from August 2014.
Malèna (2000 Italian Film) (Academy Award Nominees in 2001).
Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
Writers: Giuseppe Tornatore (screenplay), Luciano Vincenzoni (original story)
Stars: Monica Bellucci, Giuseppe Sulfaro, Luciano Federico.
The Short Synopsis: A woman provokes sensual awakenings in a group of adolescent boys.
Renato Amoroso: I pedaled as fast as I could… as if I were escaping from longing, from innocence, from her. Time has passed, and I have loved many women. And as they’ve held me close… and asked if I will remember them I’ve said, “Yes, I will remember you.” But the only one I’ve never forgotten is the one who never asked… Malena.
The Throwback Review from Aug 2014:
I watched this last night. I thought this to be a cute movie despite it’s social commentary seriousness about the WWII and politics. That boy Renato sure has an imagination. And I thought Monica Bellucci did an excellent job playing the sex goddess Malèna. I’m really glad I saw this one due to the group I was in, because I would never have heard of it otherwise.
The social commentary and politics between fascism and communism was pretty good.
There was a sweet touch to Childhood innocence and becoming an adult.
Plus there was World War 2 in Italy, and comments on those who didn’t participate and called the veterans shameful for political reasons.
As you can see I found lots of hidden meaning and philosophy in this movie. I liked how Renato was such an innocent boy in his mother’s eyes, and whenever shown otherwise would dramatically freak out.