Film, Drama

Time Out says

A vivid, wispy missive from a strange land that turns out to be the small fishing island of Lampedusa, south of Sicily, writer/director Crialese's eerie film depicts with languorous intimacy the textures of life among the local community: its rustic simplicity and brusque cruelty, its hard-worn beauty and unyielding traditions. One particular family is at its focus, and eventually, almost reluctantly, something of a story unfolds. A local myth about a persecuted woman who drowned herself, only to be brought brought back to life by the islanders' prayers, sets off convulsively free-spirited mother Grazia (Golino) and her eldest son in silent revolt against a plan to consign her to psychiatric treatment. Emotionally elliptical, the film finds its eloquence in the near-tactile clarity of its images. Accompanied John Surman's sonorous baritone saxophone offertory, the impressions of sun, sea and dust remain inscribed in the mind.


Release details

96 mins

Cast and crew

Emanuele Crialese
Emanuele Crialese
Emma Loffredo
Valeria Golino
Avy Marciano
Veronica D'Agostino
Elio Germano
Francesco Casisa
Filippo Pucillo
Vincenzo Amato
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