Terraferma

January 17th, 2012
Author: Meredith Taylor

Director: Emanuele Crialese

 

Cast: Filippo Pucillo, Donatella Finocchiaro

Italy 88mins

La Dolce Vita turns sour on a small Italian island as the decline in fishing stocks leaves its inhabitants in crisis.  Meanwhile poor immigrants arrive in droves from across the water looking for a better life.

This small effecting drama about Crialese’s island home of Linosa is a different story from that of Respiro.  The landscape has altered and the World has changed but the people remain the same.  With touching performances from Filippo Pucillo as the young boy and Donatella Finocchiaro as his long-suffering mother,  Terraferma is the story of man’s endless search for something better.

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