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270 Ratings



Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci
Italy, 1998
Drama, Romance


A reclusive British pianist develops an infatuation with the African exile who’s moved in as his housemaid. She finds his clumsy courtship insulting, especially considering the heavy load she’s borne in her life. But it gradually becomes clear that she has sorely underestimated him…

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Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci

Awards & Festivals

Toronto International Film Festival

1998 | Masters

San Sebastián International Film Festival

1998 | Out of Competition

Mar del Plata International Film Festival


Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists

2000 | 3 nominations including: Best Screenplay

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