Malena (2000)
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R  109 min | Year: 2000 |  Italy

She was too young to be a widow, and too beautiful to be alone. Every man wanted to have her. One boy risked everything to protect her.

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?

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Cheating Notes

The film takes place during the last days of WWII. Malena's husband has gone to war and is reported dead. She is left to fend for herself under the most extreme circumstances. In order to make ends meet, all the men in town offer Malena anything so they can get favors from her in return.

(Spoiler) Malena's husband is actually alive and comes back at the end, but that's after she's had affairs with some of the men in town already.

Original / Other Title:  Malèna

 Director:  Giuseppe Tornatore

Genres: Drama

Country:   Italy
Language:  Italian
Release Date:  27 October 2000

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