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Wild Flowers
(Fiorile)
Italy/France/Germany - 1993
Directed by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani


Episodic family tale told in vignettes.  A modern-day father explains the family curse to his children on their way to visit their grandfather in Tuscany.  As he speaks, the children begin to "see" images of his story outside the window of their car.  The montage effect of blending scenes from one era to another is very well done.

In Napoleonic times, a soldier is  accused of losing the gold under his care.   The young woman whose charms had distracted the soldier did not know that her brother had stolen the gold until it was too late.  The soldier was executed and she was left, pregnant with his child.  So began the curse of the Benedetti family, their wealth brought about by ill-gotten gains. 

Succeeding generations each have their tragic story told as the father drives on to his father's house.  The last story, of course brings the children up-to-date with the curse, and how it was visited on their grandfather, now a mysterious recluse.

We found the film interesting in the way it covered over 200 years of family history, but it was definitely lacking something.  It seemed as if there may have been too much left on the cutting room floor. 

Runtime:  118 Minutes

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