A tale of conflict and danger set in present day Naples. Like a modern Antigone, a social worker on the frontline of the daily war against criminal mentality is confronted with a moral ...
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A tale of conflict and danger set in present day Naples. Like a modern Antigone, a social worker on the frontline of the daily war against criminal mentality is confronted with a moral choice that can destroy the sense of her work and her life forever.
This one comes as a surprise. Mature director Leonardo di Costanzo has
a career in documentaries and that's his approach to a subject that
might have made a main stream dramatic feature.
Valentina Vannino, the Wife of an arrested Camorra murder suspect, is
given shelter in the hut on the suburban waste land that organiser
Raffaella Giordano uses for a kids playground where she is getting a
Festa ready, one of the few activities which brighten the drab
Neapolitan working class area. The parents and school authorities
object to Vannino who they associate with a brutal murder that has left
one of the children mute. Giordano protests that her project is "per
tutti bambini" but there is an incident in which intruder Vannino
responds in character and the whole project is jeapodised.
Full of telling realistic detail - the bike repair shop guy who knows
how to involve the withdrawn child, the visits of the Camorra wives,
Vannino's second thoughts about make up, the human hand that the kids
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