Monica Bellucci and Louis Garrel in “Un été brûlant/A Burning Hot Summer” (2011)
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Beautiful picture and cinematography. One of the best foreign language films I have ever seen.
Its about a grown woman and a young boy in Italy in the 40s. WW2. Men love her, Women hate her. Malena is the prettiest woman in town and every men is after her, like the 12 year old Renato, of course the women hate her because they are jealous. In one scene you can see how it escalates and the women attack her, but no one even thinks about helping Malena. The relationship of the Renato and his parents is hilarious, too. Its a powerful drama and this is Belluccis best performance.
On the day in 1940 that Italy enters the war, two things happen to the 12-year-old Renato: he gets his first bike, and he gets his first look at Malèna. She is a beautiful, silent outsider who’s moved to this Sicilian town to be with her husband, Nico. He promptly goes off to war, leaving her to the lustful eyes of the men and the sharp tongues of the women. During the next few years, as Renato grows toward manhood, he watches Malèna suffer and prove her mettle. He sees her loneliness, then grief when Nico is reported dead, the effects of slander on her relationship with her father, her poverty and search for work, and final humiliations. Will Renato learn courage from Malèna and stand up for her?
Crime | Drama
This movie is a remake of a French movie ‘Garde a Vue’ with a wonderful cast. I like the way it was shot, its told by back flashing to the days certain things happen. Thats how it stays opaque until the end.
A lawyer is asked to come to the police station to clear up a few loose ends in his witness report of a foul murder of a teenager. This will only take ten minutes, they say, but it turns out to be one loose end after another, and the ten minutes he is away from his speech become longer and longer…
Gene Hackman plays Henry Hearst, a successful attorney in San Juan, Puerto Rico who lives an apparently blissful life of luxury, he’s got money, respect, a gorgeous house on the coast and most of all, a stunningly beautiful young trophy wife, Chantal (Monica Belluci)