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171 Ratings



Directed by Asia Argento
Italy, France, 2014


A semi-autobiographical film set in 1984 about a nine-year-old girl who dreams of being loved by her parents.

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Misunderstood Directed by Asia Argento

Awards & Festivals

Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists

2014 | Special Mention: Guglielmo Biraghi Award

2014 | 4 nominations including: Best Producer

This may be the director’s idea of a self-portrait, and if so, it’s at once self-pitying and self-flattering (never more so than in the misguided final moments, which take the form of a direct, confessional address to the audience). As an actor, Argento can be wonderfully forward and fearless, but here it feels as if she’s straining for effect, especially in the garishly over-saturated color palette.
September 24, 2015
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Misunderstood," a buoyantly funny, sometimes desperately sad film about a child searching for love and home, could easily be titled “The Girl, Her Bag and Her Beautiful Cat.” These three are the film’s holy trinity and its defining image, one that is almost Chaplinesque in its graphic clarity and emotional punch. The director, Asia Argento, has a finely tuned sense of the absurd, but isn’t afraid of tears.
September 24, 2015
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Respite, when it comes, arrives in the form of hazy montages and groovy dance numbers, which are where Argento’s skills shine brightest — her approach is more conducive to image-making than storytelling.
September 22, 2015
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