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3.7
208 Ratings

Lost and Beautiful

Bella e perduta

Directed by Pietro Marcello
Italy, 2015
Drama, Fantasy, Documentary

Synopsis

Pulcinella, a foolish servant, is sent to present-day Campania to grant the last wish of shepherd Tommaso: he must rescue a young buffalo called Sarchiapone. In the Royal Palace of Carditello, the ruins of which were once looked after by Tommaso, Pulcinella finds the buffalo and leads him North.

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Lost and Beautiful Directed by Pietro Marcello

Awards & Festivals

Locarno International Film Festival

2015 | Winner: Junior Jury Award (International Competition)

2015 | Special Mention: Prize of the Ecumenical Jury

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2015 | Nominee: Best Undistributed Film

The expired 16-millimeter stock Marcello used enhances the plaintive tone of this eulogy for a man, a bull, and a culture.
January 19, 2017
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What happens when you’re making a documentary and your lead subject dies? If you’re singular Italian maestro Pietro Marcello, your film morphs into a stupefying, bizarre, magical allegory… Call this movie an Italian neo-neorealist/dream logic/theatre of the absurd docufiction-like thing. I’m not sure I even loved it, but in a year where so many nonfiction images felt like dried leaves, Marcello’s fantasia stirred, flummoxed and remained with me.
January 13, 2017
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In its blending of fable and reality, it has affinities with Rodrigues’s bizarre recent excursion into gay Catholic picaresque, The Ornithologist, and with Green’s pastoral modern reworking of mediaeval quest narrative, The Living World. But Marcello’s is a much more overtly political film than any of those… It’s the curious virtue of this singularly original film that Lost and Beautiful manages to tell a truth that’s not just poetic, but political too, not just animal, but profoundly human.
December 08, 2016
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