Against the background of the Sicilian town Bagheria, simply called Baaria by its inhabitants, director Giuseppe Tornatore unfolds a semi-autobiographical, mesmerising epic of life in Italy in the twentieth century. Following Peppino (Francesco Scianna) from his childhood in the 1930s, to his forbidden romance with the beautiful Mannina (Margareth Made), political ascent and fight against the mafia, Baaria is an emotional journey into the heart of Italy.
Starting as a 6 year old with so many flash forwards and flashbacks that time becomes a blur, this is a beautiful depiction of a small Italian town pre- peri- and post- WW 2. The main theme is the divides between the communists and other political parties which cause Peppino's strife. It is not so much a story as an account of a life. Quite an interesting life but with little other continuity or interest. The cinematography is outstandingly good. The editing abysmal.