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.
"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.
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.