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.
Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)
Rated R for sexuality/nudity, language and some violence
On the face of it, this movie is about a young boy’s fantasies as he falls in love with the image of an older woman. I say ‘image’ because he doesn’t know her at all to begin with, but as he watches, her increasingly sad truth is seen through his eyes.
It’s also about Sicily during the war, but deeper than that, to me, it seems to be about the mob mind, jealousy and hatred and about how people tend to become what is expected of them, or don’t.
Monica Bellucci is undeniably among the sexiest women alive and her near wordless performance is mesmerising. My only criticism is the somewhat stereotypical way that the ‘men’ are portrayed. Perhaps there’s some truth that we are all driven from an area below the waist, but I’d like to think it’s not true of all of us.
Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
Writers: Giuseppe Tornatore (screenplay), Luciano Vincenzoni (original story)
Stars: Monica Bellucci, Giuseppe Sulfaro, Luciano Federico
Country: Italy | USA
Language: Italian | English | Latin | Greek, Ancient (to 1453)
Release Date: 2 February 2001 (USA)
Also Known As: Malena
Filming Locations: Messina, Sicily, Italy
Format : MPEG-4
Format profile : Base Media
Codec ID : isom (isom/iso2/mp41)
File size : 1.68 GiB
Duration : 1 h 48 min
Overall bit rate : 2 231 kb/s