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/10
2,082 Ratings

Sicilia!

Italy, France, 1999
Drama

Synopsis

After many years away, Silvestro returns from northern Italy to the Sicilian countryside of his childhood to visit his mother. On his journey, he has conversations with strangers in a port, fellow passengers on a train, his mother, and a knife-sharpener.

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Sicilia! Directed by Danièle Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub
The film’s dialogue is less spoken than declaimed; it’s nearly sung, in sharply etched phrases, by its actors—who, amazingly, are nonprofessionals. They maintain frozen poses and lend their long speeches and short interjections precise yet impassioned power.
September 05, 2020
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Of all modern filmmakers, only Straub-Huillet ever reached this level of aural and visual rigor. Words, syllables, images, sounds, cuts—melodic yet discrete, isolated yet contiguous—achieve a preciously rare unity of form.
August 20, 2020
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The local intonations and dialect produce an uncanny musicality, against Straub’s spare, distancing style, à la Bertolt Brecht. The poor of Sicilia, playing alongside professional actors, are as epic and stylized in their recitations as a Greek drama, and yet piercingly real.
August 16, 2017
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