Giuseppe Tornatore (2009)

15 Certificate


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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.


Premiere. The son of a shepherd family in Sicily experiences sweeping social changes in his country over the course of five decades. Outraged by the exploitation of the people by a local landowner, he becomes a campaigner for social change and ultimately a member of the Communist party. Drama, starring Francesco Scianna and Margareth Made. In Sicilian, Italian and English.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Giuseppe Tornatore
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Other Information

Language: Italian, English +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: E1 EntertainmentGuidance: Violence and swearing.Available on: DVDReleased on: 23 Jul 2010