The story is set at the beginning of the 20th century in Sicily. Salvatore, a very poor farmer and a widower, decides to emigrate to the US with all his family. He meets Lucy, who for unknown reasons wants to marry someone before arriving in America.
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Beautifully filmed movie.
Strikingly honest, realistic and yet a touch surreal.
My favorite shot is when the best leaves the dock in Italy, and we see the seapartion of the two groups of people.
Visually stunning, emotionally profound. The optic, sonic and haptic analogues of (Middle) Passage, mixing of tribes, tongues, the silence of resistance and the sound of lament between the Old world and the New, willful and forced migration, is a tense, troubled and yet still meaningful vibration. Analogues, but no equivalencies, between Italy and Africa. A beautifully fine line between pat and fraught.