Director Alice Rohrwacher’s richly textured sophomore feature centers on a family of beekeepers living in stark isolation in central Italy.
The dynamic of their overcrowded household is disrupted by the simultaneous arrival of a silently troubled teenaged boy taken in as a farmhand, and a production crew recruiting local farmers to participate in a cheesy televised celebration of ancient Etruscan culture presented by the mysterious Milly Catena (Monica Bellucci).
Both intrusions are of particular interest to the eldest daughter, Gelsomina, who is struggling to find her footing in the world, and Rohrwacher manages to convey her adolescent sense of wonder and confusion with characteristically graceful naturalism.
WINNER OF THE GRAND PRIX at the Cannes Film Festival 2014
Starring Monica Bellucci, Alba Rohrwacher, and Maria Alexandra Lungu.
"An EXCEPTIONAL tale of family dynamics and a fading way of life, grounded with a sense of physicality and the primacy of nature"
"BEAUTIFUL, richly imagined"
"A story that frames a familiar conflict - the collision of modernity and tradition - in intriguingly off-center ways, alive with piercing detail."
"Rohrwacher handles her material with a richly detailed naturalism and a keen eye"
"a diffuse and quietly charming coming-of-age story"