Tuesday, August 18, 2009

LA SCONOSCIUTA (Italian) (2006)

‘La Sconosciuta’ in Italian means- ‘The Unknown Women’.
There are not one but so many things you can love and admire from Giuseppe Tornatore Film. The film quite resembles with his earlier ‘Malena’, telling the heartbreaking, struggling story of a Ukrainian woman named Irena. Life is hell for her and she tries to find some hope working as a maid in the house of jeweler family. But soon her past started haunting her and it’s not easy to escape. Can a real dream exist between so many nightmares?
It’s hard to guess the character of her till the movie completes the first half and the tangled jigsaw puzzle kind of screenplay makes us ambivalent too.

The technique of narrating the flashback of Irena’s past life was handled quite uniquely with tangled screenplay. The whole past of her was revealed in nonlinear way showing just momentary footage, keeping us tense to know the further undercurrent. It was handled so carefully that it gives the space for the audience to connect psychologically with her character full of climactic physical and mental torture prevailing from past to present.
If you have read ‘stream of consciousness’ novels of Virginia Woolf or James Joyce with all your heart you will enjoy this narration technique much more than common audience.

Apart of other popular films of Tornatore, here you’ll find a nerve wrenching diabolique villain named ‘Mold’ using women for physical torture and abuse to earn money. The film has some fully frontal nudity and violent/torture sex scenes but it’s certainly part of the script. Xenia Rappoport is truly a revealing actress with all her underplay act. It’s too hard to live such a complex character on screen and gain audience empathy but she made it that possible so gracefully. The haunting background score of Ennio Morricone is quite inseperable part of Tornatore film. How can we forget this genius Italian composer who scored the greatest soundtracks of Sergio Leone’s all westerns.

I love one thing about almost every Tornatore film that after telling a deep heartbreaking tale, he signifies the end of the film positively showing the fine admirable and graceful shade of lead character. We have visualized that in ‘Cinema Paradiso’ and ‘Malena’. Remember the last scenes of both these films and same you can expect here.

Essential for all Tornatore fans.

Ratings- 8/10


random_name said...

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Aditya Tibrewala said...

Thanks a lot hiren for taking time off to write such a huge comment. Thank you so much for appreciating my blog.

Yes i totally agree with you on what you have said on my writing style. Even i have found it to be a little monotonous and im looking for ways to bring about change. No i dont know about Roger Ebert, but now that you have told me ill surely read his reviews and try to get myself more involved with the nuances of movie making. I just started writing a few months back, it would probably take some time to develop oneself to write better.

thanks once again, cheers !

Aditya Tibrewala said...

thanks i googled roger ebert and found his link.

any other famous reviewers that you know of?

chirag pandya said...

hi Mr Dave
feeling nice by reading ur blog on this movie which has not been seen yet by me , but aspire to watch it. So many times I visited ur blog n found some wonderful percertion of watching a thing frm differet angles which really admires me. I really have a touch of aestheticism whenever visited ur blog. nice reading 2 ur watched movies.
Hats off to ur love for movies.
frm: Chirag Pandya (SPCE)