Maternale

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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.

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