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3.3
102 Ratings

Sworn Virgin

Vergine giurata

Directed by Laura Bispuri
Italy, Germany, 2015
Drama, LGBT+

Synopsis

Hana is growing up in an archaic alpine landscape in Albania where the old codes and traditional gender roles prevail. She escapes the fate of a wife and servant when, in accordance with the Kanun, the traditional Albanian law, she pledges herself to life-long virginity.

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Sworn Virgin Directed by Laura Bispuri

Awards & Festivals

San Francisco International Film Festival

2015 | Winner: New Directors Prize

Tribeca Film Festival

2015 | Winner: Nora Ephron Prize

AFI FEST

2015

Though its focus on blurred genders makes it part of a fashionable trend in movies, the film doesn’t deliver much in the way of dramatic power or unexpected revelation, and its recurrent time-shifting, while intellectually apposite, further diminishes its narrative momentum.
April 22, 2016
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Although Ms. Rohrwacher captures Mark’s uncertain, shifting physicality, the movie doesn’t always succeed in getting inside the character’s head. Mark’s reluctance to speak sometimes plays like a screenwriting crutch — a way to avoid writing dialogue that reflects complex motivations.
April 21, 2016
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In this hushed, prickling drama, Laura Bispuri creates and erases binaries with every swivel of the camera, drawing out whole stories from soft glances, silences, shadows, and the loom of the northern Albanian mountains, the hard faces of men.
April 20, 2016
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