Bella ciao (2001)

  |  Drama, Romance

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Nella and Orfeo, communists, flee Tuscany with their children to escape fascism. Wanting to start their life over in the New World, they embark on a boat for America. They will in fact dock in Marseille, far from the land of their dreams


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22 January 2007 | guy-bellinger
| Respectable if not entirely successful
Over-demonstrative and over-simplified, plagued by naivety, clumsiness and an over-long, never-ending finale, poorly acted by good actors (the last straw!) and "boasting" among the worst make up effects for the year 2001, "Bella Ciao" is not a bomb for all these shortcomings, thanks to writer-director Stéphane Giusti's sincerity (this is the true story of his roots) and ambition (doesn't he try to epitomize the whole Italian immigration wave to 20th century France in a single story?) Giusti also occasionally manages to add spice to his narrative thanks to welcome touches of humor (The Statue of Liberty which turns out to be Marseilles' Notre Dame de la Garde; the baby's Moses basket carried away by the sea) as well as sudden outbreaks of violence (the fascist drowned in the toilet bowl).

Disappointing on the whole, this tale of a communist schoolteacher turned house painter, his wife and his family, deserves respect. It is a work the viewer would love to love but to which they can give only half their heart.


Release Date:

18 July 2001


French, Italian, Spanish

Country of Origin

France, Italy

Filming Locations

Aix-en-Provence, Bouches-du-Rhône, France

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