Lost And Beautiful (Bella e Perduta) (2016)



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Despite death threats from the Mafia and his country's general apathy, a humble shepherd, Tommaso, takes it upon himself to look after the abandoned Bourbon palace of Carditello, deep in the heart of the 'Land of Fires.' One day, Tommaso is seized by a heart attack and dies; but not before making a final wish. He summons a masked character named Pulcinella to rescue a buffalo calf called Sarchiopone from the forsaken palace. Together, man and beast, embark on a long journey through a lost and beautiful Italy, searching for something which may no longer exist. Shot on expired 16mm stock, Lost and Beautiful is a ravishing work that heralds the arrival of an extraordinary new filmmaker.

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Critic Reviews for Lost And Beautiful (Bella e Perduta)

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

Picturesque but somber.

Jan 19, 2017 | Full Review…

Part documentary, part beast fable, Pietro Marcello's "Lost and Beautiful" is a loving act of cultural preservation.

Dec 8, 2016 | Full Review…

It's not a film for everyone, but if you're more inclined toward quiet afternoons in art galleries than watching the latest blockbuster, you may find its refined yet playful approach quite magical.

Mar 9, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

This film is a mixture of drama, fantasy and documentary that at times is whimsical. There is more than a hint of sadness in it, but also it is a salute to the nobility of men like Tommaso Cestrone.

Feb 7, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

A buffalo, a harlequin and a castle: it might seem like a fairytale, but this is an incisive political film. [Full review in Spanish]

Jun 8, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Director Pietro Marcello's film is by turns eloquent and shallow in its essayistic elegizing of a lost golden age.

Mar 10, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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