New Cinema From Italy!
“Recalls the kind of film the great Robert Altman might be making if he were still alive. The best political film of the era… Bellocchio proves that cinema is still alive.”—Armond White, National Review. From longtime Italian cinematic master Marco Bellochio (VINCERRE, IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, FISTS IN THE POCKET) comes his latest and one of his strongest films, DORMANT BEAUTY. The multilayered narrative of Bellocchio’s film is constructed around Italy’s equivalent of the Terri Schiavo case, a legal struggle around the fate of a woman, Eluana Englaro, suspended in a vegetative coma for 17 years. Each story plays out on a different stylistic level: domestic drama (a liberal senator risks losing the love of his deeply religious daughter), social realism (a young doctor struggles to save a drug addict from herself), and operatic delirium (a famous actress creates a theatrical spectacle around her own daughter, a young woman kept alive by a respirator). In Italian with English subtitles. Unrated. 115 Min.