MALENA

Darkly Disturbing

Content -4
Quality
None Light Moderate Heavy
Language        
Violence        
Sex        
Nudity        

Release Date: December 22, 2000

Starring: Monica Belluci, Guiseppe
Sulfaro & Luciano Federico

Genre: Drama

Audience: Adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 95 minutes

Distributor: Miramax Films/Buena
Vista/Disney

Director: Giuseppe Tornatore

Executive Producer: Fabrizio Lombardo, Teresa
Moneo, Mario Spedaletti, & Bob
Weinstein

Producer: Carlo Bernasconi, Mario Cotone
& Harvey Weinstein

Writer: Giuseppe Tornatore

Address Comments To:

Bob & Harvey Weinstein
Co-Chairmen
Miramax Films (Buena Vista/Disney/Touchstone)
7966 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048-4512
Phone: (323) 951-4200
Fax: (323) 951-4216
Website: www.miramax.com

Content:

(ABABAB, HHH, LLL, VVV, SSS, NNN, A, D, MM) Anti-biblical, humanist coming-of-age story of an adolescent boy obsessed with a beautiful widow in 1940s Sicily, including prayer, clergy & exorcism mocked; 1 blasphemy, 35 obscenities, 6 strong profanities, sexual talk, numerous obscene gestures, vulgar humor in classroom, flatulence humor, & boy spits in man’s drink & urinates in woman’s purse; strong violence including children struck repeatedly by father, crowd viciously attacks woman in street, ripping clothes from her & kicking her face, violent date rape, bombing victim dragged from rubble, fantasy scene of young gladiator stabbing another boy with pitchfork, men fight, & rock thrown into shop window; extreme sexuality including men leer (including priests) & women are jealous, prostitution, miscellaneous sexual fantasies & situations, numerous scenes of implied masturbation, teenager loses virginity at bordello at father’s urging, boys compare private parts, voyeurism, boy views 1940s pornography, boy steals woman’s underwear, & violent date rape; female & male nudity; teenagers smoke; teenagers drink; and, gossip, lying, false accusations, & themes of revenge.

Summary:

MALENA is the story of a young boy coming of age in 1940s Sicily, and his fixation on a beautiful young war widow named Malena. MALENA contains beautiful scenery and clever fantasy scenes of early Hollywood-type classics, but it is a darkly disturbing, violent, anti-Christian story of gossip, sexuality, voyeuristic adolescents, revenge, and tragedy.

Review:

MALENA is the story of Renato, a young boy coming of age in 1940s Sicily, and his fixation on the beautiful war widow Malena. Malena is leered at by men, reviled by women and eventually suffers greatly for her beauty. Ever-watchful Renato does not come to her aid but, nevertheless, learns a valuable lesson about courage.

MALENA contains beautiful scenery and clever fantasy scenes of early Hollywood-type classics, but it is a darkly disturbing, violent, anti-Christian story of gossip, false accusations, sexuality, voyeuristic adolescents, revenge, and tragedy. Some of the vile content includes: a boy spits in man’s drink and urinates in woman’s purse; children struck repeatedly by father; crowd viciously attacks woman in street, ripping clothes from her and kicking her face; violent date rape; teenager loses virginity at bordello at father’s urging; boys compare private parts; and, voyeurism. Even more disturbing, much of the violence is committed under the guise of righteousness and piety. The church, too, is mocked in MALENA, and there is little redeeming content amid this story of excessive sin and depravity. Due to scenes of gross sexual immorality, cruelty and religiously-motivated violence, MALENA is strongly not recommended.

In Brief:

MALENA is the story of Renato, a young boy coming of age in 1940s Sicily, and his fixation on the beautiful war widow Malena. Malena is leered at by men, reviled by women and eventually suffers greatly for her beauty. Ever-watchful Renato does not come to her aid but, nevertheless, learns a valuable lesson about courage.

MALENA contains beautiful scenery and clever fantasy scenes of early Hollywood-type classics, but it is a darkly disturbing, violent, anti-Christian story of gossip, false accusations, sexuality, voyeuristic adolescents, revenge, and tragedy. Some of the vile content includes: a boy spits in man’s drink and urinates in woman’s purse; children struck repeatedly by father; crowd viciously attacks woman in street, ripping clothes from her and kicking her face; violent date rape; teenager loses virginity at bordello at father’s urging; boys compare private parts; and, voyeurism. Even more disturbing, much of the violence is committed under the guise of righteousness and piety. The church, too, is mocked in MALENA and there is little redeeming content amid this story of excessive sin and depravity. Due to scenes of gross sexual immorality, cruelty and religiously-motivated violence, MALENA is strongly not recommended