Il Cielo Cade
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Age: 11 years old
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Age: 15 years old
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Age: 9 years old
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Il Cielo Cade
Directed: Andrea Frazzi, Antonio Frazzi
Language: Italian, German
Genre: Coming of Age, Drama, War
Tuscany in the summer of 1944. Following their parent’s death in an accident, Penny and her younger sister Baby are taken in by their aunt, who lives with her husband, a German Jewish intellectual, and their daughters in a villa in the country.
At first, the idyllically situated home is a little disconcerting for the children, but they soon get used to their new environment and the hospitable atmosphere.
Their uncle, a lawyer by profession, is a great lover of art and music; from time to time he invites rather unconventional guests that are equally fascinating for the girls as is their new life in the country.
At school,the girls soon make friends with the children of the neighbouring farming community. Before long they are doing all sorts of things together and have great fun enjoying all the little excitements of their peaceful existence. Penny also falls in love for the first time.
But even this blissful community is not to be spared from the effects of the war. It bursts in on them with the full force of its brutality when German soldiers arrive one day and occupy the Einstein’s villa.Their uncle’s life, in particular, is endangered and so the girls use all their courage and ingenuity to protect him from persecution at the hands of the Germans.They are successful, too, for quite some time. But once the German army are forced to retreat, they leave a path of destruction in their wake of which the Einstein family also become a victim ...
Movie ReviewsA very moving story that is perfectly understated giving it a poignant and universal quality. The whole film is seen through the eyes of children who are caught up in events that they do not comprehend except that they affect them deeply. The children's acting is natural and unforced, at times full of the carefree pleasures of childhood but also able to reach considerable depth of feeling.
It is a film of positive values: love, family, tolerance played out against the brutality and pointlessness of a war that impacts ordinary people giving it a truly universal quality.
Jeroen Krabbé gives a restrained performance of great dignity and humanity making the tragedy of his death so much the greater. Having done all to protect and safeguard his family, human inhumanity wantonly destroys though in the end the human spirit rises above the evil that lies beneath the surface.
I highly recommend the film: we need to remember too that similar stories are played out wherever there is war. This is a universal story.