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6 must-watch Italian movies

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“The Great Beauty” is a thought-provoking story set up in the vibrant city of Rome. It raises questions about priviledge, affluence and ultimately- the purpose of life and the quality of the well-lived life, while sarcastically describing the life in the ancient capital of lust and sin and encapsulating the senses with the high quality cinematographic device employd to create theunique Rome experience.

“We have a Pope” is an intriguing movie which takes within the Vatican where everyone is at panic because the new papa is experiencing an existential crisis.

“Bread and Tulips” is a romantic tale about a house wife’s journey to self-discover, adventure and love. A challenging modern story which breaks up with the traditional conservative roles assigned to women.


6 must-watch Italian movies

Categories: Midd Blogosphere

“The Great Beauty” is a thought-provoking story set up in the vibrant city of Rome. It raises questions about priviledge, affluence and ultimately- the purpose of life and the quality of the well-lived life, while sarcastically describing the life in the ancient capital of lust and sin and encapsulating the senses with the high quality cinematographic device employd to create theunique Rome experience.

“We have a Pope” is an intriguing movie which takes within the Vatican where everyone is at panic because the new papa is experiencing an existential crisis.

“Bread and Tulips” is a romantic tale about a house wife’s journey to self-discover, adventure and love. A challenging modern story which breaks up with the traditional conservative roles assigned to women.


Ajami: when life bears no value

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Ajami is a skillfully produced movie with an intense plot developed through the use of exciting cinematographic approaches.

The narrator of the tragic Israeli-Palestinian tale about human suffering is a young boy called Nasri whose family is deeply troubled. His uncle gets into a conflict with a local gang which then attempts to kill him and his family. Nasri’s older brother Omar (19) becomes the oldest man in the family and is, thus, responsible to resolve the issue according to the popular scripts of the culture he comes from. Aiming to kill Omar, the gang members kill his cousin instead. When the local respected restaurateur Abu Elias helps to solve the conflict, Omar’s family is asked to pay a huge amount of money to ensure its protection. Together with 16-years old illegal Palestinian worker Melek whose mother needs to be operated, Omar decides to sell drugs in order to provide for the payment. When the two are caught by police members Nasri shoots at a policemen in order to protect them and gets killed.

Ajami is an insightful, encapsulating the senses movie presenting the realities of life in Israel and Palestine. Violence, corruption, and revenge create the all-consuming feeling of powerlessness shared by characters and public alike.

The characters in the movie are left to struggle alone in a world which does not value the life of others’. A world in which people lack moral limits and do not feel remorse as they advance at the expense of others’ wellbeing. The ties and empathy depicted in the movie lack transcendence beyond the realms of nationality, religion, culture and family.

The society presented in the movie operates on the principle of the wilderness. The stronger the better. Survival of the fittest. But being “strong” or “fittest” in the context of the world drawn by the movie does not include being ethical or moral. In fact, all characters in the movie respond to the challenges of their environment by compromising their values in one way or another.


“Milk”: the story of the making of LGBT rights

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This is a biographical movie I watched this week with some people from Ross- my residence hall here at Middlebury. The movie was meant to inspire conversation about LGBT issues since the recent act of hatred against a girl associating with the LGBT community who has received a threatening note.

The movie tells the story of Harvey Milk- an American politician who was the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California and his determination to put an end to all the discrimination and violence against gay people.