"I pedaled as fast as I could... as if I were escaping from longing, from innocence, from her. Time has passed, and I have loved many women. And as they've held me close... and asked if I will remember them I've said, "Yes, I will remember you." But the only one I've never forgotten is the one who never asked... Malena." –Romantic, innocent, and sweet at the same time.
"I pedaled as fast as I could, as if I were escaping from longing, from innocence, from her. Time has passed, and I have loved many women. And as they've held me close and asked if I will remember them, I've said 'Yes, I will remember you.' But the only one I've never forgotten is the one who never asked, Malena."
This tale of how gossip and envy can destroy needs more than one viewing to be appreciated.The horrifying scenes of the women punishing Malena for perceived sins will haunt.
Great cinematography and musical score.
Of course it is always fun to watch Monica Bellucci, but this movie came across as an odd parallel to The Summer of 42, as we find young Renato pining over Malena, much the same way Hermie does Dorothy.
Flawless, this story of a woman crushed by people's envy and pettiness told through the eyes of a boy who understands better than anyone and takes his first glimpse of the real, harsh world.
Yet you don't feel overwhelmed by it, there is a sense of lightness in most of the scenes.
Plus Monica Bellucci, amazing as always.
male gaze galore.
a film about the objectification of women (amongst other things) in which the female lead barely gets more than a dozen lines of text and serves as eye candy throughout this whole farce of a failed boyhood/fascism portrait.