Friday, September 07, 2012

Venice: Film Festival – Bella Addormentata

Photograph courtesy La Biennale
Venice: Film Festival – Bella Addormentata – Marco Bellocchio. The film takes place over six days, which are Eluana Englaro’s last and whose story remains in the background. The stories of fictional characters from different faiths and ideologies are connected emotively to that case, in an existential reflection on the reasons for living life and for hope despite everything. A senator, played by Toni Servillo has to choose whether to vote for a law that goes against his conscience or not, going against the party line, whilst his daughter Maria, an activist in a pro-life movement, demonstrates outside the clinic where Eluana is being treated. Roberto, alongside his brother, is on the opposing secular front; an “enemy” who Maria falls in love with. Elsewhere, a great actress, Isabelle Huppert looks to her faith and a miracle to save her daughter, who has been in an irreversible coma for years, and for whom she has sacrificed her relationship with her son. Finally, there is the desperate Rossa, Maya Sansa who wants to die, but a young doctor called Pallido opposes her suicide with all his might. And against all expectations, at the end of the film, there is a reawakening...
Above. Director Marco Bellocchio.

Bella Addormentata – Marco Bellocchio – Maya Sansa

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