A drama set in different locations during the last six days of life of Eluana Englaro, a young woman who lived 17 years in a vegetative state. A mosaic of several interrelated characters questioning about the meaning of life and hope.
Born in Piacenza in 1939 from a family of the upper middle-class, he attended the Liceo of the Barnabite Fathers; in 1959 he abandoned his studies in philosophy at the Catholic University in Milan and enrolled at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia (The National Film School in Rom). Then, in London, he followed courses in cinema at the Slade School of Fine Arts, graduating with a thesis on Antonioni and Bresson. He made his debut in full-length films with Fist in His Pocket (I pugni in tasca) (1965), considered one of the best first works in the history of the Italian cinema. In this great film, the rebellious tendency of the young is skilfully expressed in terms of revolt against family and normality, through the story of a young man who decides to exterminate two members of his own family. His next film, China is Near (La Cina è vicina) (1967), marked a turn towards comedy, in the clash between bourgeois hypocrisy and the vain ambition of the fake revolutionaries… read more
Unstable and unemotional, "Dormant Beauty" counts with good performances but doesn't add anything relevant to the matter in question. Full Review and Rating: http://alwayswatchgoodmovies.blogspot.com/2013/02/dormant-beauty-2012.html
Ao redor dA BELA QUE DORME, orbita muitas vidas e muitas camas: Homens e mulheres, pai e filha, mãe e filho, crente e ateu, médico e paciente. Tudo sobre a cama, alguns no sofá, outros no divã. Enfim, para descrever uma Itália que repousa unida pela pergunta: “Como e porque viver?” Difícil dizer. Parece que o país dorme com a consciência pesada. Não Bellocchio: Esse é ligeiro e desperto. Atento ao mundo que filma.
Our critics’ dialog picks up the P.T. Anderson and Bellocchio films before moving on to the new Malick, Tsai and an Argentine discovery.