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Malena ends up objectifying the character of the movie's title. Also, the young boy's emotional investment with Malena is never convincing, as she doesn't feel like a three-dimensional person.



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In 1941, Renato was 13 years old and although the world was at war, nothing ever happened in his sleepy village in Sicily. Until the day he discovered something that would change his life forever... Malena, the beautiful young war widow who was the obsession of every man and the envy of every woman. Because of her, Renato will come to learn all of life's lessons and find himself in places he never could have imagined.

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Giuseppe Sulfaro
as Renato Amoroso
Monica Bellucci
as Malena Scordia
Luciano Federico
as Renato's father
Matilde Piana
as Renato's mother
Pietro Notarianni
as Professor Bonsignore
Gaetano Aronica
as Nino Scordia
Gilberto Idonea
as Avvocato Centorbi
Angelo Pellegrino
as Segretario Politico
Gabriella Di Luzio
as Mantenuta del Barone
Pippo Provvidenti
as Dott. Cusimano
Maria Terranova
as Dr. Cusimano's Wife
Marcello Catalono
as Lieutenant Cadei
Domenico Gennaro
as Pharmacist
Vitalba Andrea
as Pharmacist's Wife
Pippo Pattavina
as Magistrate
Franco Catalano
as Storekeeper
Toto Borgese
as Fascist Soldier
Emanuele Gullotto
as Record Store Owner
Rori Quatrocchi
as Brothel Owner
Claudia Muzii
as First Prostitute
Ornella Giusto
as Second Prostitute
Conchita Puglisi
as Third Prostitute
Noemi Giarratana
as Renato's Sister
Paola Pace
as First Lynching Woman
Lucia Sardo
as Second Lynching Woman
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Audience Reviews for Malena


Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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Malena is a coming of age story set against the backdrop of World War II. In this movie, a 13-yr old loves from afar, and never quite gets to make his love known.

Red Lats
Red Lats

Super Reviewer


I must give another thumbs up for Guiseppe Tornatore for making another great and memorable movie titled Malena... Especially he make the right cast for putting Monica Bellucci as the beautiful Malena and Guiseppe Sulfaro as Renato... An extra credit for Sulfaro for Renato that great... He looks like a boy who obsessed with Malena... Overall, it's a nice movie to be watched... But still for me, Cinema Paradiso is Tornatore's best...

Sanjaya  丘耀文
Sanjaya 丘耀文

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Malena is another heartfelt tale of growing up from director Tornatore. It shows a young boys first love/lust as he falls for a woman in his home town. All the men love her and all the women hate her. What starts as vicious rumours and wolf whistles soon turns more tragic. We always see Malena from the perspective of our protagonist, so you would think she wouldn't be developed well. This is kind of true. We never get to see the real Malena, but we do begin to feel for the the way the young boy does. This does build up an emotional connection and makes it even more traumatic when things turn sour. Unfortunately, the film stalls after a while. There are constant scenes of Malena walking and us hearing peoples comments about her. There are plenty of scenes showing the boy following her and fantasizing about her. It all gets rather stale, but at least the end starts changing things around. It's a wonderfully sexy film and one that does sum up adolescence rather well, but at the same time shows how repetitive and uneventful it is.

Luke Baldock
Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

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