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Emanuele Crialese | 2022 | 99 MINS
Italy/France | Subtitles

Emanuele Crialese’s drama of family dysfunction, starring Penélope Cruz, offers moments of glorious escapist fantasy. A clever movie about a transgender preteen that is not defined solely by anti-trans oppression.

In Detail

1970s Rome: a time of great social and cultural change, full of grit and glamour. The young Borghetti family has just moved into one of the many newly-built apartment blocks in the city.

Despite the beautiful, sweeping views of Rome from their top floor apartment, the family is not as close as they once were. Clara and Felice are no longer in love, but are unable to leave each other. Clara finds refuge from her loneliness in the shelter of her special relationships with her three children. The oldest, Adriana (11), an unknown child in this new neighbourhood, deliberately presents as a boy to the neighbourhood children, pushing the family’s bond towards a breaking point.

To say director Emanuele Crialese’s camera falls in love with Cruz would be an understatement. She is lovingly shot and framed (even her Sophia Loren bob brings attention to her expressive eyes) and we don’t even need to hear her speak to know whoever’s gaze she’s under has completely fallen under her spell.

Thanks to CURZON

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