Malena

2000

Malena

Critics Consensus

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.

54%

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Total Count: 78

84%

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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.

Cast

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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Critic Reviews for Malena

All Critics (78) | Top Critics (32) | Fresh (42) | Rotten (36)

Audience Reviews for Malena

  • Dec 18, 2013
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    Directors C Super Reviewer
  • Feb 25, 2013
    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 L Super Reviewer
  • Sep 03, 2011
    A sexy and fun foreign coming-of-age story about one boy's obsession and a town and its rumors. Malena is both painstakingly beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time, delivering a love story with a punch. Monica Bellucci embodies the character and ultimately makes this film work as well as it does.
    Christopher H Super Reviewer
  • Sep 11, 2010
    This movie expects you to feel a lot for two main characters who are both disconnected from society. Melena, the ideal Romanesque Italian female form and Renato the not really shy but disconnected pre-teen moving through to sexual maturity during WWII. The point of access is Renato's dogs -eye view of the world. She chooses to stay with her father while her husband is an Italian soldier sent to fight in North Africa during WWII. Her main source of amusement is walks through the village in sheer dresses and 4" pumps raising the attentions of all the immature men in the village and the ire of their wives. Eventually societal bonds start to strain near the end of the war and the tension something has to give. To all the reviewers comment on Renato's masturbatory fantasy scenes, which are more amusing than allot of the movie, Get over it. Not Italian masters movie, entendre implied, but not that bad either.
    Bill C Super Reviewer

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