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Baarìa (2009)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 25 September 2009 (Italy)
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Baaria is Sicilian slang for Bagheria where Tornatore was born and this is an autobiographic epic of three generations in the Sicilian village where he was born.

Director:

Giuseppe Tornatore

Writer:

Giuseppe Tornatore (story and screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Francesco Scianna ... Peppino Torrenuova
Margareth Madè ... Mannina
Lina Sastri Lina Sastri ... Tana / Beggard
Ángela Molina ... Sarina
Nicole Grimaudo ... Sarina as a young woman
Ficarra Ficarra ... Nino (as Salvo Ficarra)
Picone Picone ... Luigi (as Valentino Picone)
Gaetano Aronica Gaetano Aronica ... Cicco
Alfio Sorbello Alfio Sorbello ... Cicco as a young man
Lollo Franco Lollo Franco ... Don Giacinto
Giovanni Gambino Giovanni Gambino ... Peppino as a child
Giuseppe Garufì Giuseppe Garufì ... Pietro as a child
Aldo Baglio Aldo Baglio ... Speculator
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Paolo Briguglia Paolo Briguglia ... Catechist
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Storyline

The film begins in the 1920's, in the Sicilian town of Bagheria (a.k.a. Baaria) where Giuseppe "Peppino" Torrenuova works as a shepherd to financially help his poor family. Over the next 50 years Giuseppe's life, as well as the life of the village, is observed. Giuseppe grows up, joins the Communist Party, marries a local girl (Mannina), has children and forges a political career for himself. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Sicilian | Italian | English

Release Date:

25 September 2009 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Baaria See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,900, 30 January 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,900, 30 January 2011
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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Alternate Versions

The initial UK DVD release of the film (by eone entertainment) is heavily cut, missing a total of ten minutes of footage. Not only is the 'controversial' cow death scene almost entirely cut out (missing the actual cow execution and subsequent bloodletting), but most of the scenes in the film are abridged by at least several seconds (and a few times cut out entirely). See more »

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References The Leopard (1963) See more »

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We are our past
24 October 2009 | by vincenzo-8See all my reviews

Giuseppe Tornatore's Baaria is many movies in one. An accumulation of themes, scenes, styles and characters, not always fully integrated in one main storyline.

All together they form the memories of the city of Bagheria in Sicily, as well as of Giuseppe Tornatore himself. He recognizes the influence that the past – either directly experienced or handed down by his father - had in shaping his destiny. Like Sergio Leone's "Once Upon a Time in America", Baaria displays the circularity of time, overlapping different layers of past to represent the "texture" of the present.

The lack of linearity in the progression of the story and in the development of characters, gives - at times - a sense of unevenness and incompleteness, that risks to limit its impact on audiences.


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