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Malèna (2000)

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Amidst the war climate, a teenage boy discovering himself becomes love-stricken by Malèna, a sensual woman living in a small, narrow-minded Italian town.

Director:

Giuseppe Tornatore

Writers:

Giuseppe Tornatore (screenplay), Luciano Vincenzoni (original story)
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Monica Bellucci ... Malèna Scordia
Giuseppe Sulfaro ... Renato Amoroso
Luciano Federico Luciano Federico ... Renato's Father
Matilde Piana Matilde Piana ... Renato's Mother
Pietro Notarianni Pietro Notarianni ... Professor Bonsignore
Gaetano Aronica Gaetano Aronica ... Nino Scordia
Gilberto Idonea Gilberto Idonea ... Avvocato Centorbi (as Gilberto Idone)
Angelo Pellegrino Angelo Pellegrino ... Segretario politico
Gabriella Di Luzio ... Mantenuta del Barone
Pippo Provvidenti Pippo Provvidenti ... Dott. Cusimano
Maria Terranova Maria Terranova ... Moglie Dott. Cusimano
Marcello Catalano Marcello Catalano ... Lieutenant Cadei
Elisa Morucci Elisa Morucci ... Lupetta
Domenico Gennaro Domenico Gennaro ... Farmacista
Vitalba Andrea ... Moglie farmacista
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Storyline

Malèna is about the peril of a beauty through the eyes of a 12 year old kid named Renato. He experiences three things on the same day, beginning of war, getting a bike and sees the arrival of Malèna in town. Through his eyes, we see the curse of beauty and loneliness of Malena, whose husband is presumed to be dead, and through his soul we see his love for her. Written by Paul

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A world at war. A young man coming of age. And the woman who changed his life forever See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality/nudity, language and some violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

Italy | USA

Release Date:

2 February 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Malena See more »

Filming Locations:

Messina, Sicily, Italy See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$62,282, 25 December 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,429,045, 1 April 2001
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (heavily cut) | (TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This was the final film to be written by Luciano Vincenzoni. See more »

Goofs

Renato's bike changes position when he helps Malena pick up oranges. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
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.
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Crazy Credits

The movie is dedicated to Tornatore's Father See more »

Alternate Versions

Original Italian version (rated T, suitable for all ages) runs 109 minutes. Miramax cut the film down to a running time of around 92 minutes, in order to obtain an R rating. Gone or shortened were many of Renato's dream sequences with Malena which involve a lot more nudity than in the cut version. See more »

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Remade as Azhagaana Ponnuthan (2010) See more »

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Giovinezza
Written by Giuseppe Blanc
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User Reviews

Viva Tornatore!
22 January 2001 | by paulcreedenSee all my reviews

I found the film to be visually hypnotic and very moving. I was also impressed with the film maker's story telling technique. The film brought me into the bustling street life of the Sicilian village by eye-level camera work and the comments of the people in crowded scenes, through which I was taken with the characters. Just like walking down a busy urban street anywhere with your ears and eyes open. The film made me wake up to the fact that so much American film, perhaps all contemporary film, is composed mainly of close ups with two or a few people. Not this film. There is a sequence with airplanes overhead that is absolutely dizzying without any fancy 3-D or pyrotechnic effects. Mr. Tornatore brilliantly uses silent stares, pairs of eyes and silly dream sequences with amazing effect. The male lead, an adolescent boy, is portrayed with great empathy by Giuseppe Sulfaro without schmaltz or sanitizing, so typical in American films about puberty. The title role, played well by a dazzling Monica Bellucci, could have been written for a young Sophia Loren. (My dream sequence, I guess) My favorite character was Renato's father, hilariously played by Luciano Federico. A must see.


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