Baarìa

  • 15
  • Giuseppe Tornatore (2009)
  • It / Fr (SUB)
  • 144 min
Film Review
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5 out of 5

Director Giuseppe Tornatore's autobiographical epic inspired by his early life in Sicily is one of the most expensive Italian productions ever made - and certainly looks it. From the magical realist opening to the operatic finale, everything in this ravishingly photographed scrapbook of sun-kissed memories and picture-postcard nostalgia is sweeping, involving, romantic and disarmingly sentimental. Set in the Palermo suburb of Bagheria (Baarìa in the local dialect), the multi-generational plot mainly follows shepherd's son Peppino (based on Tornatore's father, and beautifully played by Francesco Scianna), who turns his back on family tradition and joins the Italian Communist Party. He goes on to marry the beautiful Mannina (exquisite model/actress Margareth Madè), father five children, emigrate to France during hard times and eventually return to be elected a city councillor. Tornatore's child's eye view of a constantly and artfully changing landscape is filled with engaging characters and colourful incident, making this another immensely moving and elegant charmer like Cinema Paradiso - with yet another wonderful Ennio Morricone score to match.

Plot Summary

Period drama starring Francesco Scianna. From his boyhood in a small town in Sicily during the 1930s, young Peppino and his family live through 50 years of change, from the the rise of facism and the suffering of war, to the growth of communism and shadowy presence of the Mafia.

Cast and crew

Cast

Peppino
Francesco Scianna
Mannina
Margareth Madè
Sarina (young girl)
Nicole Grimaudo
Sarina (adult)
Angela Molina
Tana
Lina Sastri
Cicci (adult)
Gaetano Aronica
Corteccia
Giorgio Faletti
Liborio
Leo Gullotta
Minicu
Enrico Lo Verso
Giacomo Bartolotta
Nino Frassica
Roman reporter
Raoul Bova
Master, Board of Examiners
Gabriele Lavia

Crew

Director
Giuseppe Tornatore

Other Information

Language: 
Italian, English +subtitles
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
E1 Entertainment
Guidance: 
Violence and swearing.
Available on DVD
Released 23 Jul 2010
Certificate 15
Distributor:
E1 Entertainment
Categories
Drama