A judge, terrorized by the idea that his sister is going mad, wants to kill her. He finds a hired assassin, an actor, who instead of killing her or persuading her to commit suicide, acts in such a way that she falls in love with him. She recovers, thus inflicting madness on her brother, whose original sanity was established only when compared with the folly of his sister. And the solution, so often contemplated with regard to the sister, will be applied to the brother.
In competition at Cannes Festival 1980, Palme d’Or to Michel Piccoli as bedst actor and to Anouk Aimeé as best actress.
David di Donatello 1980 to Marco Bellocchio for best director.
The restored version was premiered at the Festival Lumière in Lyon.
Michel Piccoli Mauro Ponticelli
Anouk Aimée Marta Ponticelli
Michele Placido Giovanni Sciabola
Gisella Burinato Anna
Anna Orso Marilena
Piergiorgio Bellocchio Giorgio
directed by Marco Bellocchio
screenplay Marco Bellocchio, Vincenzo Cerami, Piero Natoli
produced by Clesi Cinematografica
edited by Roberto Perpignani
photography Giuseppe Lanci
music by Nicola Piovani
scenography Andrea Crisanti e Amedeo Fago
costumes Lia Francesca Morandini
length 120 min
original language Italian