Baaria – An Italian Family History
               Genre: Drama
               Sicily, Family History, Venice, 2009

Oh, Sicily …

  The changes, of which Giuseppe Tornatore in his new film Baarìa – An Italian family history with the usual great gesture told they are reflected most clearly in the change of a road again, which acts as another actor, maybe even as the true protagonist of this film. In addition to this silent witness of change followed the film, most prominently, the three generations of a family in the small Sicilian village of Erice – Baarìa in dialect, from which also comes Giuseppe Tornatore himself. And so it is likely that this story also takes quite autobiographical.

In the 1930s, is Baarìa not a place where you would like to live. The still unpaved village road, the crumbling houses and the people whose faces bear witness to century-long exploitation and poverty – all this makes an unspeakably dismal impression. For even under the Duce Benito Mussolini has been no change to the conditions in Sicily. And so Cicco (Gaetano Aronica) is forced to send his son Peppino (Giovanni Gambino) for a few months to a shepherd (Enrico Lo Verso), in return, the family a few loaves of cheese to tide over the worst hunger. Episode detention spin now continues the story Peppinos and his son Pietro, the history of the family mix with the great events of politics in distant Rome and the slow changes in Baarìa to a carpet of history and stories, of anecdotes, and the plays of coexistence in the village.

in Giuseppe Tornatore’s newest, with 150 minutes running time not very tight film focuses the director, who once conjured with Cinema Paradiso a sumptuous ode to the power of cinema to the screen on, which, what he does best – the very large cinema opera. Ennio Morricone’s bombastic score accompanied by reveling in the beautiful, the camera does not always, but always a little acting glorified memories of the old days of longing place Italy. Here the whole is so typically Italian advised that you would like it zwangsverpflichten producers of the Fellini-Grusicals Nine prefer to watch this film at least ten times in a row – most without a break.

Already strange that there are so relentlessly nostalgic films like Baarìa now at all there are. And somehow this is also a little reassuring – the nostalgia of a Giuseppe Tornatore still misses her not effect. Even if one does have the feeling that the director in the course of his work increasingly prone to self-reference and cited a great filmmakers prefer – namely, himself

as the analysis of the intricate structures and complications in southern Italy, Matteo Garrone’s Gomorra certainly not equal to the more radical and, above all, more political film than almost any classic and typical Italian epic, however, has Baarìa clearly in the lead. In classics such as Bernardo Betroluccis 1900 (1976) and Luchino Visconti’s The Leopard / Il Gattopardo (1963), which also durchdeklinieren over several generations the course of history the example of a family, but he does not approach – they are still the measure of all things. Attractions Baarìa is still – if only because Tornatore still dominates the fine art of keeping in spite of his look for the grand opera and the sometimes almost unmanageable number of events and persons, the little details in mind. Of these, many young directors cut a slice of our days.

(Paul Collmar)

Title: Baaria – An Italian Family History Original Title: Baarià – La porta del vento Country of production: France, Italy Year of Production: 2009 Length: 151 (Min.) Distribution: Tobis Film Distribution

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