DVD 109 mins IMDB 7.3 (6,569 votes)
Miramax (2000)
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(2003 )
Drama, Romance
Italy  /  Italian

Monica Bellucci Malena Scordia
Giuseppe Sulfaro Renato Amoroso
Luciano Federico Renato's Father
Matilde Piana Renato's Mother
Pietro Notarianni Professor Bonsignore
Gaetano Aronica Nino Scordia
Gilberto Idonea Avvocato Centorbi
Angelo Pellegrino Segretario politico
Gabriella Di Luzio Mantenuta del Barone
Pippo Provvidenti Dott. Cusimano
Maria Terranova Moglie Dott. Cusimano
Marcello Catalano Lieutenant Cadel
Elisa Morucci Lupetta
Domenico Gennaro Farmacista
Vitalba Andrea Moglie farmacista

Director Giuseppe Tornatore
Producer Carlo Bernasconi; Harvey Weinstein
Writer Giuseppe Tornatore; Luciano Vincenzoni
Cinematography Lajos Koltai
Musician Ennio Morricone
User Credit 1 Massimo Quaglia
User Credit 2 Maurizio Millenotti

A young man's infatuation for a beautiful older woman blooms amidst the outbreak of World War II in this bittersweet comedy-drama from Italy. Renato (Giuseppe Sulfaro) is a 13-year-old boy growing up in a small Sicilian community. Mussolini has risen to power and has declared war upon England and France, but Renato has other things on his mind — mostly girls. While hanging out with his friends by the seashore, Renato spies Malèna (Monica Bellucci), the daughter of one of his schoolteachers, whose husband Nino (Gaetano Aronica) is fighting with Mussolini's army. Renato is immediately obsessed with Malèna and follows her like a lost puppy, spying on her whenever circumstances permit and imagining her as his co-star in elaborate erotic fantasies inspired by his favorite movies. Renato, however, is hardly the only man in town to be struck by Malèna's charms, and her beauty leads to resentment from the women of the community. Malèna's circumstances take a turn for the worst after her husband is reported to have died in combat, and she is forced to resort to prostitution to survive; she is brutally attacked by a pack of angry matrons and driven from town. Renato tries to keep track of her, and has some less than encouraging news to report when Nino turns out to be alive and finds his spouse is missing. Malèna was written and directed by Giuseppe Tornatore, best known for the art-house hit Nuovo Cinema Paradiso; Malèna was released in Europe at 106 minutes, while the American version was edited by ten minutes to tighten the pace and remove nudity and sexual material considered too strong for the U.S. marketplace. — Mark Deming

Edition Details
Barcode 786936145090
Region Region 1
Chapters 26
Release Date 2005
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Subtitles English; Spanish
Audio Tracks FRENCH: Dolby Digital Stereo
ITALIAN: Dolby Digital 5.1
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Color Closed-captioned Widescreen
Personal Details
User Lookup 1 DVD Original
User Text 1 Sexuality/nudity, language and some violence.
User Text 2 A world at war. A young man coming of age. And the woman who changed his life forever
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Goofs: Continuity: The bike that Renato rides, suddenly has a modern derailleur-type chain tensioner at the rear at about 20-21 minutes into the film. At all other times, his bike has a fixed rear gear without the chain tensioner. (more)

Quotes: Renato Amoroso: From now on, I'll be at your side. Forever, I promise. Just give me time to grow up. (more)

Awards: Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 13 nominations (more)