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Actors: Francesco Scianna, Margareth Made, Raoul Bova
Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
From the director of Cinema Paradiso comes a stirring, unforgettable new epic of Italian life as you?ve never seen it before. The course of a lifetime reflects the evolution of a country as young Peppino takes work as a sh... more »
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Bruce B. from SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Reviewed on 7/3/2015...
I'm surprised the only other review here was so negative. This is a beautifully-filmed story of a poor kid in Sicily and the life that he finds for himself in Bagheria, or as referred to in the title, "Baaria". It traces Peppino's life through World War II, the postwar conflicts between the Mafia and Communist Party, and building a family and living a full life.
I didn't love the film completely, as the plot and directing were all a little too... Hallmark? It seemed like the plot proceeded exactly (more or less) as one expects, with not much going on except this theme of becoming a man and taking the weight of the world and family on one's shoulders. Not a bad theme at all, but not a lot for a 3 hour film.
However, as a period piece it works well, filmed in Bagheria (and Morocco I think) with a lot of loving attention to costumes, sets, and a lot of dramatic staging. It's worth a watch, but doesn't deliver the real epic drama you might expect.
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