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Italy, 1999 (MIFF 2000, International Panorama)

Director: Tonino De Bernardi

Evoking the melodramatic musicals of Jacques Demy, Passionate Women, the wonderfully inventive new film from veteran director Tonino De Bernardi. With virtually all the dialogue sung by the protagonists, set in a backdrop of beautiful imagery. Passionate Women is a love letter to Naples.

"Naples in the 20's: when the film Amore Tragico is screened, Michele identifies with the story so much that he kills his two-timing wife. On the run, he becomes involved with other events in the same city, but this time in 1999. Rosa and her mother listen to songs that evoke a world of romance. Rosa's sister kills her lover on me day he marries Teresa, but both women - one in jail, the other locked up in her suffering - see him again as if he were still alive. A prostitute who witnessed the murder finds the power to rebel and kills a client before surrender herself- Apparitions include Madonnas and a new figure who brings together the past and the present, while all events are graced by Neapolitan songs." - Rotterdam Film Festival

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