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Synopsis

Caterina is a young nun.

After five years she is about to take her final vows
Ernesto owns a 'cleaners' shop
Teresa is in her late teens. She roams Milan looking for a place to sleep
Gabriele is a young policeman with a kind heart.

The lives of these characters are bound together without their knowing. Tbe link is a child, or rather a newbom baby abandoned in the park.

Caterina fmds him all wrapped up in an old male sweater .
And the old sweater is all she's left with after the baby is taken care of at the hospital.
The sweater takes Caterina to Ernesto's shop.

She has to face things that she had sort of decided to shut herself out from.
Ernesto is lonely closed to the world, he has never indulged himself, never looked around, why would he take a interest in a nun?

Caterina wants to find the baby's mother. She doesn't know why. Perhaps the urge comes simply because she wants to find a meaning to these strange things happening to her. Why should it be her to find the baby?
Ernesto seeins to be extremely puzzied by Caterina, so much so that he decides to heip her in her quert_
Teresa walks aimlessly tl-u-ouol, Milan.

She wants to find a place where to rest and sleep. A work to tie her up until a better one comes up.
She meets again Gabriele, her ex boy friend. He's very young. He can be trusted. He's not like other men she's met
Caterina and Ernesto keep an with their peculiar friendship. Both of them know that the sweater links somewhere with Teresa.

Caterina, Ernesto, Teresa, each of them has lost something, like they were a little weacker than the rest of the world, without links or hopes for the future. Like they were `not of this world'

Directors Statement

`The things we want, happen always at the wrong moment. Tod sonn, too Tate, a little before, a little alter...'
I was fascinated by the idea of telling the story of a woman about to take a final decision, the one decision she cannot back from, in a world where choices change all the time, in politics, work, Iove, and even sport.

We do not live in stable homes, but in temporary camps.

Thus, Caterina's choice, the one decision she has made, a decision carefully takeln and pursued, is suddenly questioned and chal]enged by an extraordinary event that faces her with the need to look heuer into herself.
To her, like to nearly all the other characters in the film, something happens at the wrong moment.

To Ernest°, who has not been able to keep the love of his life
Or Teresa who's begotten a child at the wrong moment by the wrong person
Do not worry if anyone outside there will look at you as if you were half-women,' a nun is a woman in uniform
A good material to start ä movie
The uniform hides the person inside. Suggests immediately the idea of an internal conflict
A nun is a person out of the market mles,efficiency, sexual reproduction , in other words `not of this world'
But Caterina does not accept this sort of `disconnection'. She is a woman who's got wishes ,who makes mistakes, who's got doubts. She is not an `icon'.

`Not that rny vocation was to wash and fron.... Although I think that everybody should have one clean suit. Ever seen people living alone? They always have something amiss about them.
Emesto is somebody very down to earth. A man with no dreams, no enthusiasms. A house too big 'All work and no play, make hina a sad person'
He doesn't even remember the names of the girls that work for hira, the girls he sees everyday of the week
From the window of his shop he looks into the lives of others
he saw me he would not recognize me'
In the film there is the attempt to look beyond the `uniforms'
Many characters in the film wear an uniform: the nuns, the cleaners, the girls in the ice cream parlor, the police men, the people at the hospital.

Even Ernesto, with his jacket and tie, wears the uniform of the seif made man.

The entire story revolves around these elements: the sweater wrapped around Fausto, the garments at the cleaners, the garrnents thrown around at the charity center, the uniforms_
The dresses are in fact a way of disguising. The characters surprise us when they get out of the uniform that obliges them to perform a role: we lmow nothing about them and nearly never they are like what we would them to be
`what kind of a nun are you? Shouldn 't you understand, forgive? '
I have talked with many nuns.

They have struck me in many very unusual traits. Some of them do not wear a head veil, others wear it but they let their feinininity show: some have very long hak or tresses.
Often they have surprised me. They are far from the traditional image, and they are also far from the showy televised one.

There is a feminine movement among fliese women, which has a lot to do with the desire and the quest for happiness.

IV'Giuseppe Piccioni
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Cast & Crew

Directed by: Giuseppe Piccioni

Written by: Lucia Zei, Gualtiero Rosella, Giuseppe Piccioni

Produced by: Lionello Cerri

Cinematography: Luca Bigazzi

Editing: Esmeralda Calabria

Production Design: Marco Belluzzi

Original Score: Ludovico Einaudi

Sound: Amedeo Casati

Main Cast: Margherita Buy, Silvio Orlando

Nominations and Awards

  • EFA Feature Film Selection 1999