"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.
Saw Monica today. First she had her clothes on; then she was fully naked on film. Context aside: metaphors usually come in more intricate forms whereas in this film we can see through it while leaning back on our seats. PS: metaphor = Malèna was beaten; fascism was beaten; people are sheepie beings.
Monica Bellucci at the age of 36: the personification of female beauty. And after 16 years, nothing changed; still she is. Can you imagine "Malena" without Mrs. Bellucci acting? No way. No other actress conceivable. Her beauty is a blessing & a curse at the same time. This applies to "Malena" character & to her cinematic career as such. It's a pity.