Sicilian Ghost Story (2017)

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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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Critic Reviews for Sicilian Ghost Story

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (3)

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…
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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…

Sicilian Ghost Story is a melancholy poem to the part of us we can't allow to be wrung out by the complacency and compliance of adulthood.

Sep 6, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's an array of surprises and character introspections that take their time to manifest completely, but prove an inspired way for the directors to go about their business.

Aug 31, 2018 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

While Sicilian Ghost Story doesn't entirely fulfil its promise as a richly themed gothic romance, the visual craft on display throughout is more than enough to recommend.

Aug 14, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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