Sicilian ghost story

Sicilian ghost story

DVD - 2019 | Italian
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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."
Publisher: Strand Releasing Home Video, 2019
Branch Call Number: DVD SIC Wor


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Apr 19, 2019

Moving, atmospheric, suspenseful.
The movie is based (loosely) on the Sicilian mafia's real-life kidnapping of a 13-year-old boy in 1993. This beautiful film will haunt you for a long time. Subtitled.

Mar 23, 2019

Fantastical reimagining of a 1993 kidnapping in which a 12-year old boy was held for two years in order to prevent his mafia hitman father from turning police informant. After the search for her missing boyfriend turns cold, Luna decides to bypass the adults around her (especially her controlling mother) and search for him herself—a desperate pipe dream which to her impressionable mind slowly transforms into a Homeric odyssey. Seamlessly blending fairy tale imagery with a hefty dose of Greco-Roman mythology, Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza turn the classical thriller into a bleak adolescent fantasy where enchanted forests teem with animal familiars (Cerberus, Pegasus, and Minerva’s owl make cameos), magical lakes lead to revelations, and mafioso bogeymen prowl the night. As Luna traverses this psychological landscape—at once firmly grounded in reality yet given to illusory passages with each nodding daydream—Grassadonia and Piazza blur the lines right up until that final triumphant frame, a triptych worthy of an ancient Roman fresco.

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