Winner of the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival, director Alice Rohrwacher's film is a beautiful and bittersweet love letter to the disappearing traditions of rural Italy. On her family's farm in the quiet and beautiful Italian countryside, twelve-year-old Gelsomina divides her time between watching out for her sisters and helping her father with his bee-keeping. One day their peaceful existence is interrupted when television competition 'Countryside Wonders' and its glamorous host (Monica Bellucci) arrive, offering tantalising rewards for the most traditionally-ltalian produce. Gelsomina is eager to enter the family and their pure golden honey, but faces resistance from her father who is more concerned with the bureaucracy threatening to derail their family business.
I was attracted more by the image on the cover than the description of the plot. I didn't get the film from CP, but bought it elsewhere. However, the girl on the cover is not actually in the film. The film centers around 12 year old Gelsomina, whose is tall and has long dark hair. The plot is vague and doesn't appear to be realistic. The game show host wears a Viking helmet and has a wig of very long plaited white hair, and makes me wonder if this had any basis in reality anywhere at all.
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