Sicilian Ghost Story (2018)

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Critic Consensus: Sicilian Ghost Story uses a horrific real-life story as the framework for a powerfully acted foray into surprisingly beguiling fantasy territory.

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In a little Sicilian village at the edge of a forest, Giuseppe, a boy of 13, vanishes. Luna, his classmate who loves him, refuses to accept his mysterious disappearance. She rebels against the code of silence and collusion that surrounds her, and to find him she descends into the dark world which has swallowed him up and which has a lake as its mysterious entrance. Only their indestructible love will be able to bring her back along.

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All Critics (44) | Top Critics (6)

Although the story can feel chilly and oblique, it gets under your skin.

Dec 13, 2018 | Full Review…

[An] intensely atmospheric melodrama...

Nov 29, 2018 | Full Review…
NPR
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A divine blend of natural and supernatural, fantasy and actuality, "Sicilian Ghost Story" reflects the horrors of a Mafia kidnapping through the prism of first love.

Nov 29, 2018 | Full Review…

Careful camera movement, distorting wide-angle lenses, and a hyperfocused sound design all contribute to the mysterious atmosphere, and Julia Jedlikowska gives a heartbreaking performance as the girl, who suffers the bittersweet ache of young love.

Oct 19, 2017 | Full Review…

Co-directors Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza beautifully mix fairy tale and mythological tropes with the harsh reality of a Mafia kidnapping.

May 18, 2017 | Full Review…
Variety
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If Grassadonia and Piazza had simply retold the story, it would have been gripping enough, but they deepen the intensity and widen the meaning by letting the tale unfold in a strange filmic space between cruel reality and ghostly fantasy.

May 18, 2017 | Full Review…

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