In a villa that was once luxurious and is now in ruins lives an almost isolated bourgeois family formed by a blind mother and her four mentally disturbed children. One of them, Alessandro, gets to the point of planning on murdering the entire family.
The aim of this first feature –one of the most intense in the history of film– is simple: to introduce to us an Italian bourgeois family that becomes more and more demented each time and is incapable of adapting to a world it no longer understand. In the middle of all this, Bellocchio destroys some essential symbols of the Italian tradition (Catholicism, mothers, the opera) and refers to the famous “existential vacuum of the bourgeoisie” with a tone that oscillates between black comedy and even horror cinema as he opts for a sloppy mise en scène that perfectly reflects the mentality of a family secretly obsessed with (self-)destruction. HS
D, G: Marco Bellocchio F: Alberto Marrama E: Silvano Agosti, Anita Cacciolati DA: Gisella Longo S: Vittorio De Sisti M: Ennio Morricone P: Enzo Doria CP: Doria I: Lou Castel, Paola Pitagora, Marino Masé, Liliana Gerace
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He was born in Italy in 1939 and studied philosophy after turning to film. His films include Devil in the Flesh (1986), My Mother’s Smile (Bafici ‘03), Good Morning, Night (Bafici ‘04), The Wedding Director (Bafici ‘07) and Vincere (2009; Bafici ‘10).