Sunday, August 1, 2010

Vincere (2009)

Director: Marco Bellocchio. Cast: Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Filippo Timi. 128 min. Italy/France. Historical.

Question: If you're "madly" in love, should you be committed to a madhouse? Vincere follows the story of Ida Dalser, who was supposedly Benito Mussolini's first (and abandoned) wife. The script repeatedly plays games with the viewer, making us question: Are her love stories about Mussolini true, or is she just delusional? Don't expect a history lesson here. Considering how the movie delves into the origins of Fascism starting from World War I, take it as A Beautiful Mind meets the Italian verion of The White Ribbon.

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