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Nanny (La balia)
Nanny
La balia
Actors: Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Maya Sansa, Jacqueline Lustig, Pier Giorgio Bellocchio
Director: Marco Bellocchio
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
NR     2003     1hr 46min

The Nanny is a galvanic, profound and often shocking film about family ties. — At the dawn of the 20th century, a Professor and his wife bear a child. But the mother cannot supply milk - or even love - to the child. So th...  more »

     
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Actors: Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Maya Sansa, Jacqueline Lustig, Pier Giorgio Bellocchio
Director: Marco Bellocchio
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Studio: Facets
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 07/01/2003
Original Release Date: 01/01/1999
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1999
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 46min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: Italian
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

A mother's role
Alessandro Bruno | Toronto, Canada | 01/24/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"In "La Balia" (The Nanny) Marco Bellocchio, one of the best directors working in Italy explores maternal character. He has done this before throughout his career; however this time the charcaters are different than those he explored in his previous films and "Gli occhi, la bocca" (The Eyes, The Mouth) in particular. The latter film was autobiographical and the director was taking significant risks and he projected himself onto Giovanni, the protagonist. In "The Nanny" the `mother' character study can proceed with more depth, as this time Bellocchio is not encumbered by auto-biographical concerns and is free to take advantage of more opportunities. In a dramatic birth scene the `mother' figure is dismantled into a series of characters, of different gender and social class. Although inspired by the text of Luigi Pirandello, it cannot be said of "The Nanny" that it is a Pirandellian film. The Sicilian writer is more cynical and his short story features a greater dose of evil and pessimism. Bellocchio's characters have been softened through greater complexity; there is more ample room given to the contrast between the world of men and women, wealth and poverty, origins and culture. Overall I enjoyed the film and recognized the culture. Non-Italians will also enjoy the brilliance with which Pirandello's notions - as translated by Bellocchio - can reveal aspects of Sicilian culture that ahve heretofore remained mysterious"