Luna

1979, Drama, 2h 24m

13 Reviews 500+ Ratings

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Teenager Joe Silveri (Matthew Barry) has a troubled relationship with his mother, Caterina (Jill Clayburgh), a renowned opera singer, and her husband, Douglas Winter (Fred Gwynne). After Douglas commits suicide, Caterina moves to Rome to join an opera tour, taking Joe with her. However, Joe becomes increasingly unstable and develops a heroin addiction. Sensing her son is slipping away, Caterina attempts to form a closer bond with him, but the two soon develop an unusual relationship.

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Critic Reviews for Luna

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (7)

  • Luna seduces and repels you at the same time. It's a film about the silences and cruelties between people, but it explodes with color, music, and movement.

    April 21, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Channelling a Viscontian elegance, Bernardo Bertolucci probes the allure of bourgeois excess to its core of perverse desire-and ultimately suggests that it's made of frustrated dreams of normalcy.

    April 18, 2016 | Full Review…
  • In elegance, rapidity of execution and perfection of expression, Bertolucci is the cinema's Stendhal.

    August 2, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Loud, vulgar, and frequently obnoxious, the film nevertheless has a perfect integrity in its excesses. This is filmmaking from the groin, unabashed and unrestrained.

    August 2, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Ravishing to look at, but the movie's real curiosity is the way it fails to reverse Bertolucci's usual preoccupations.

    October 18, 2008 | Full Review…
  • Did a little bird try to warn Bertolucci that this material was, to put it kindly, two bricks short of a load?

    October 18, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Luna seduces and repels you at the same time. It's a film about the silences and cruelties between people, but it explodes with color, music, and movement.

    April 21, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Channelling a Viscontian elegance, Bernardo Bertolucci probes the allure of bourgeois excess to its core of perverse desire-and ultimately suggests that it's made of frustrated dreams of normalcy.

    April 18, 2016 | Full Review…
  • In elegance, rapidity of execution and perfection of expression, Bertolucci is the cinema's Stendhal.

    August 2, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Loud, vulgar, and frequently obnoxious, the film nevertheless has a perfect integrity in its excesses. This is filmmaking from the groin, unabashed and unrestrained.

    August 2, 2015 | Full Review…
  • The script is poor and the story will only convince Bernardo Bertolucci's devout fans. [Full Review in Spanish]

    August 8, 2019 | Full Review…
  • "Luna" is an indefensible film because it is built on unsupported narrative clichs that Bertolucci never resolves.

    February 7, 2017 | Rating: D | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Luna

  • Oct 30, 2010
    Very long at over 2 hours, but is so beautifully done it does not out stay it's welcome. This film deals with very damaged people and it won't be for everyone as it does contain quite an unhealthy relationship between a mother and son. It is not done in an exploitative way, though, these are people who are in pain and maybe even temporarily crazy. I was very impressed with the young guy who plays the son. I was surprised after watching this that his career never went further. He plays vulnerability and distress beautifully. Jill Clayburgh as the mother is slightly over the top, but then so is her character, so I assume she was written that way. Well worth a look.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 30, 2009
    A couple of very hot, steamy scenes of incestuous cunnilingus that almost happens and a handjob that does.
    Pamela D Super Reviewer

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