This great Italian flick is based on one thing, and that thing is that Monica Bellucci is superhot. In every other scene she is half naked, naked or preparing to be naked. Just to be clear, this is a plus. The story is set during the world war two, and in a small Italian town all the eyes are pointed at one person, and that person is of course Malena. Among the admirers of her looks is a young boy Renato, he becomes obsessed with her, and will do anything to make her fall for him. However, Renato and Malena do not live alone in this town. There are a lot of people who have different feelings for her and when someone is this polarizing, trouble seems to follow…

Giuseppe Tornatore who gained world fame with his movie Nuovo Cinema Paradiso [1988], established it with Una pura formalità [1994] and finally reached the summit with La migliore offerta, combined three elements in this movie to create an atmosphere of a small town. Beautiful and highly sexual Malena, coming-of-age story of Renato and finally the environment of a small town. Older people view all those elements as vanished in today’s society, there are no local beauties, coming-of-age stories all involve Internet and the atmosphere of a small town with its established rules is almost non-existent in big cities where you don’t even know your neighbors. This sorrow for times that have passed is something that people just can’t shake in their tribal mentality. Wrapped or warped by sexuality, Malena is a movie that you better check out and find out firsthand what the hell is going on.

Director: Giuseppe Tornatore

Cast: Monica Bellucci, Giuseppe Sulfaro,  Luciano Federico, Matilde Piana, Pietro Notarianni, Gaetano Aronica

Fun Stuff: Guiseppe Sulfaro stated in a interview that he had never seen a live naked woman and that Monica Belucci was the first.


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