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Movie: Sicilia!(1999)[tt0200135] A man returns to visit his native Sicily after living in New York for a long time. He learns about the Sicilian way of life from stylized conversations with an orange picker, his fellow train passengers, his mother, and a knife-sharpener. Written byWill Gilbert
Title Sicilia!
Release Date 15 September 1999 (France)
Genres Drama
Production Companies Straub-Huillet, Pierre Grise Productions, Centre National de la Cinématographie (CNC)


treywillwest on 6 March 2017
This might be the most broadly appealing film I've seen from Huillet/Straub. Bleak, challenging and funny, it's also deeply human in ways that even non-cineasts can relate to. Best known for their extraordinary landscapes, H&S were also masters of the close-up. The last shot of the outraged historian in History Lessons is equaled here by the final image of the mother in this film. Grotesque, ignorant (and leftist) but also deeply vulnerable, the scolding and hypocritical mother might be, in the conventional sense, the greatest character H&S ever brought to screen.

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