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Irene lives alone on the coastline outside Rome. To her father and her married lover, she’s a student. In reality, she often travels to Mexico where she can legally buy a powerful barbiturate. Working under the name of Miele (Honey), her clandestine job is to help terminally-ill people to die with dignity by giving them the drug. One day she supplies a new “client” with a fatal dose, only to find out he’s perfectly healthy but tired of life. Irene is determined not to be responsible for his suicide. From this point on, Irene and Grimaldi, as he is named, are unwillingly locked in an intense and moving relationship which will change Irene’s life forever. “The prolific Italian actress Valeria Golina has transitioned behind the camera quite effortlessly: HONEY is a beautifully complicated look at a woman and the intimate May-December friendship that brings about her transformation… Golino’s greatest triumph as a director: she’s written a strong female character who is incidentally attractive, and not because of any male character’s particular needs.”—Judith Dry, IndieWire In Italian with English subtitles. Unrated. 96 Min.
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