Malena Movie Review Summary

Actors: Monica Bellucci, Giuseppe Sulfaro

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MALENA is a movie written and directed by Giuseppe Tornatore (Cinema Paradiso) in 2000.
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The setting is a small Sicilian town in 1940. Renato, a 12 years old boy, falls violently in love with Malena, the superb daughter of his latin teacher. Malena's husband is in the army and the unusual beauty of the young woman attracts the attention of the whole town : sexual desire among men and hate among women. Renato fantasises a lot about Malena and starts to go out at night in order to secretly observe her through a hole in her window.

When the small town learns about the death of Malena's husband, a quasi-sexual hysteria seizes the population and, soon, Malena has to go to court because the local dentist's wife has pressed charges against her for having embezzled her husband, which is, of course, false. In the meantime, Renato keeps on spying on the young woman and desperately tries to discourage the men who are getting around Malena. The young boy hopes that Malena, thanks to his vigilance, will still be free for him in a couple of years.
The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1930's-1950's Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Taboo Sex Story?    -   Yes Kind of sex:    -   voyeurism Lover is...    -   much older/younger

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Italian


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Italy Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   hostile, like Gomer Pyle on steroids

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   kissing    -   touching of personal anatomy    -   seeing breasts    -   seeing nude female butt Any profanity?    -   Some foul language

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