• Film



Time Out says

An affluent Italian family, an idyllic summer's day, a sumptuous villa, a destructive struggle for power between mother and daughter. Maternale is an intimate and - in its adherence to the unities of time, place and action - highly formalised exploration of 'female' themes: frustrated desires, mother-child rivalry, the regime of the domestic, manifested here in an almost sensual obsession with food. But despite Gagliardo's experimental intentions, it all seems curiously old-fashioned, with the luscious imagery, dreamlike mood, mannered mise en scène, and perhaps partly the 1960 setting, overlaying the film with the faded bloom of art cinema.

Release Details

  • Duration:95 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Giovanna Gagliardo
  • Cast:
    • Carla Gravina
    • Anna Maria Gherardi
    • Marino Masè
    • Francesca Muzio
    • Benedetta Fantoli
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