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3.8
309 Ratings

Swept Away

Travolti da un insolito destino nell'azzurro mare d'agosto

Directed by Lina Wertmüller
Italy, 1974
Comedy, Drama, Adventure

Synopsis

A rich woman, Raffaella, and some friends rent a yacht to sail the Mediterranean Sea during summer. The sailor, Gennarino, who is a communist, does not like this woman but has to bear with her bad mood.

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Swept Away Directed by Lina Wertmüller

Awards & Festivals

National Board of Review

1975 | Winner: Top Foreign Films

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

1975 | 2nd place: Best Screenplay

1975 | 2 runner-up prizes including: Best Director

David di Donatello Awards

1975 | Winner: Best Music

Critics reviews

Whether you find SWEPT AWAY funny, erotic, offensive, or some combination thereof says a lot about your own biases, both political and sexual. And that’s what Wertmüller intended the film to do: hold a mirror up to the viewers’ prejudices… How to play the character’s masochism without degrading herself in the process? Wertmüller pours on a lot of directorial style, leaving the actress and the audience to solve the problem on their own.
May 12, 2017
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Swept Away’s action gets progressively thornier (Gennarino’s revenge fantasy goes unchecked, basically), and with it the angle of the film’s attack deepens. What begins as a takedown of materialism evolves into an expose on the horrific means and ends of masculine power, then a broader critique of the perils of having authority in general, then ultimately the deduction that the implicit codes of society itself are the greatest evil.
August 28, 2015
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