Set in the 1940s, It tells the story of a beautiful women Malena whose husband is out of the town. The people around her were jealous and they start to make stories about her, especially women's. The only one that truly cares about Malena is a 12 year old Renato.
The entire story is told through the eyes of Renato's character and In the beginning, we only know that Malena is a gorgeous lonely woman. Monica Belluci's name is enough to watch this movie and the performance is haunting at the same time. Guiseppe Sulfaro is sweet and charming as Renato. This film opens like comedy - fascination thing and ends up with some serious notes. Tornatore's direction was very effective and his story telling way is also catchy. Overall, it's a beautiful movie and entirely different approach from Cinema Paradiso film.
Verdict : Average
Monica Bellucci, Giuseppe Sulfaro, Luciano Federico, Matilde Piana & Pietro Notarianni