Kaos (1984)





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Italy's fraternal filmmaking team of Paolo and Vittorio Taviani whip up another multistoried slice of life in Kaos. "Life," in this case, is seen from the peculiar perspective of author Luigi Pirandello, four of whose pieces are herein adapted. "The Other Son" finds Margarita Lozano making the best of her rocky relationship with her son, who was the product of a rape. "Moonstruck" (no relation to the Cher vehicle of the same name) deals with a newlywed woman who is adversely affected by the full moon. The comedy team of Franco and Ciccio star in "The Jar," a fable concerning a feudal landlord and a merry-prankster jar manufacturer. And in "Conversing with Mother," the Tavianis go their usual route of forcing their characters to face the present by confronting the past by having Pirandello himself (Omero Antonutti) converse with the ghost of his long-departed mother (Regina Bianchi).
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Margarita Lozano
as Maragrazia
Omero Antonutti
as Luigi Pirandello
Franco Franchi
as Zi Dimo("The Jar")
Biagio Barone
as [Requieum]
Regina Bianchi
as Pirandello's Mother
Ciccio Ingrassia
as Don Lollo("The Jar")
Enrica Maria Modugno
as Sidoro("Moonstruck")
Massimo Bonetti
as Saro("Moonstruck")
Salvatore Rossi
as The old partriarch("Requiem")
Franco Scaldati
as Padre Sarso("Requiem")
Pasquale Spadola
as Baron("Requiem")
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Critic Reviews for Kaos

All Critics (2)

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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
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Recognized for the splendid landscape photography by Giuseppe Land.

Full Review… | March 10, 2016
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Three films from the Taviani brothers receive a commendable Blu-ray debut on this three-disc set from Cohen Media Group, which also features an essential two-hour interview with the filmmakers themselves.

Full Review… | February 17, 2016
Slant Magazine

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July 21, 2005

Audience Reviews for Kaos

All of the stories are pretty good, except the fourth which involves some villagers making a whole lot of fuss over where they can bury their dead. My favorite was the third, about a potter who gets himself stuck in a jumbo-sized olive oil jar. I also thought the epilogue was incredibly beautiful. It's all very well done, and the music by Nicola Piovani is majestic and sublime. A little on the slow side, perhaps, but an improvement of the self-conscious Night of the Shooting Stars.

Martin Teller
Martin Teller

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