La Luna


La Luna

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The tumultuous life of a troubled teen is examined in this controversial film from Bernardo Bertolucci. Joe, the boy in question, has been spoiled and is in dire need of a strong father figure. His stepfather Douglas, who believes that he sired the boy with his wife Caterina, an opera singer, is simply unable to deal with him. Joe continues to get in trouble. After he watches his despondent "father" commit suicide, the boy and his mother move to Italy where she tries to make a comeback. The boy soon finds himself involved with a bad crowd and becomes a heroin addict. His poor frazzled mother almost has a breakdown when she and her son almost become lovers. Before the end of the film, Joe finally gets to meet his real father, Giuseppi, who has been hiding in Italy and teaching children. It is he who saves the boy from descending further into a life of darkness and degradation.


Jill Clayburgh
as Caterina Silveri
Matthew Barry
as Joe Silveri
Fred Gwynne
as Douglas Winter, Her Husband
Tomás Milian
as Giuseppe
Alida Valli
as Giuseppe's mother
Franco Citti
as Man in Bar
Roberto Benigni
as Upholsterer
Carlo Verdone
as Director of Caracalla
Ronaldo Bonacchi
as Director of Caracalla opera
Peter Eyre
as Edward
Pippo Campanini
as Innkeeper
Liana DelBalzo
as Maestro's sister
Rodolfo Lodi
as Maestro Giancarlo Calo
Shara di Nepi
as Concetta, Caterina's Maid
Jole Silvani
as Wardrobe Mistress
Mimmo Poli
as Piano Mover
Enzo Siciliano
as Orchestra conductor in Rome
Alessandro Vlad
as Caracalla Conductor
Iole Silvani
as Wardrobe mistress
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Critic Reviews for La Luna

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (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.

    Apr 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.

    Apr 18, 2016 | 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.

    Aug 2, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Did a little bird try to warn Bertolucci that this material was, to put it kindly, two bricks short of a load?

    Oct 18, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • La Luna is a spectacle-sized melodrama filled with a variety of themes -- plots and subplots that merge asymmetrically into a melodramatic mold.

    Oct 18, 2008 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Top Critic
  • Ravishing to look at, but the movie's real curiosity is the way it fails to reverse Bertolucci's usual preoccupations.

    Oct 18, 2008 | Full Review…

    Chris Auty

    Time Out
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for La 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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