"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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.