Directed by Giuseppe Tornatore
Tornatore (Cinema Paradiso, Everybody's Fine) casts beautiful
Monica Bellucci as a war widow resented by her neighbors in her small
coastal village because of her allure and unfairly labeled as a woman of
loose morals. An adolescent boy, who has made her the object of his
fantasies, comes to realize her virtue as World War II and the rise of
fascism leads to more conflict within the community. "Tornatore may have a
big heart, but he doesn't have an empty head. He eludes sentimentality with
a romantic vision wide enough to embrace the range of human experience"
(Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle). Italian with English
subtitles. 92 minutes.