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      Dormant Beauty

      2012 1h 55m Drama List
      81% Tomatometer 26 Reviews 40% Audience Score 250+ Ratings Eluana Englaro, a young woman who lived 17 years in a vegetative state, lives out her last six days. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      As complex and compelling a work as its ripped-from-the-headlines storyline deserves, Dormant Beauty serves as a delightfully thorny testament to director Marco Bellocchio and his talented cast.

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      Keith Staskiewicz Entertainment Weekly It's well acted and gorgeously and tenebrously shot. Rated: B+ Jun 20, 2014 Full Review Jared Eisenstat Film Comment Magazine Despite the awkward narrative structure, the choppy film serves as a welcome showcase for ably understated performances from veteran Toni Servillo and rising talent Alba Rohrwacher, and a coolly burning Isabelle Huppert. Jun 12, 2014 Full Review Michael Sragow Orange County Register The film pits their honest passion against the stylized desperation of the actress' religious theater and the decadent hollowness of Berlusconi's political theater. Rated: A- Jun 12, 2014 Full Review Lucía Roitbarg EscribiendoCine Dormant Beauty continues a debate that remains installed in society and one is often difficult to face head-on. [Full review in Spanish] Rated: 7/10 Dec 8, 2023 Full Review Nicholas Bell A tiresome, expository piece of film that only manages to alienate us from the very issue it's trying to get us to consider. Aug 30, 2019 Full Review Ethan Vestby The Film Stage An unabashed melodrama, one that obviously wants to have its finger on the pulse of today, yet unafraid of pulling tricks both sincere and comical. Rated: B Jun 6, 2016 Full Review Read all reviews

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      dave s Marco Bellocchio's Dormant Beauty asks the simple question: is life more important than quality of life? Intertwining stories examine the dilemma, including a politician (Toni Servillo) struggling between voting with his conscience or along party lines on the issue of euthanasia, an actress (Isabelle Huppert) facing a crisis of faith when her daughter slips into a coma, and a young drug addict (Maya Sansa) intent on committing suicide. Despite being hindered by a periodically overwrought music score, the acting is stellar throughout and Bellocchio's direction is subtly effective, allowing shots to linger for maximum impact. A difficult picture to watch based on the subject matter, it is a film that will certainly stimulate thought and provoke debate. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Serge L Certainly complex and realistic. Apparently bits are taken from a real case. Some bits of stories seemed to come from a futuristic film, a bit dystopian. All the people looked a bit too sure of their own views. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 10/12/16 Full Review Audience Member Certainly complex and realistic. Apparently bits are taken from a real case. Some bits of stories seemed to come from a futuristic film, a bit dystopian. All the people looked a bit too sure of their own views. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/20/23 Full Review Audience Member Title: Commendable attempt to highlight issues around life and death (euthanasia) by means of three parallel story lines that each focuses on a different situation I saw this film at the Film Fest Ghent 2014, where it was part of the official Global Cinema selection. It presents several intertwined stories revolving around issues of live and death, and especially whether we are allowed to interfere. Each story zooms in on a different situation with a pending decision about the merits of continuing life when there is no hope for the future, be it an endless coma or endless addiction or endless pain. The three parallel story lines make the movie interesting, by highlighting various possible situations where this can be relevant. It allows different sides of the dilemma's to be brought forward. It is a pity that not all life-or-death choices get the same amount of focus around the final decision making, in particular we are not always in the clear how difficult it was to reach a decision, or do we know all the reasons why it was indefinitely postponed. A lot of attention was devoted to a member of parliament who was prepared to risk his career when deviating from the party line in defense for euthanasia under circumstances. He maintained his stance in spite of being pressured several times that he should not forget who (the party) gave him the position he had. Important for us to know is that he had his own experience with these issues. In the past he had ended the sickbed of his wife on her request. Actually, we saw him switching off the life support equipment. It's a pity that this scene was rather sketchy. We saw his wife asking for it, very possibly for the umpteenth time, but he may also have acted on impulse as far as we know. Thus we'll never know how long and how hard he struggled with the dilemma. His daughter supported an opposite opinion, and we see how it kept them on a distance for some time. Luckily, in the end of the movie she reads the speech he had prepared to explain his deviating vote in parliament. We observed a glimpse of mutual understanding. In other words, there is a chance that she will get a better feeling for his point of view. This was the final scene; a definite change of her mind is left open ended. Also a lot of attention was devoted to Eluano's family, a well known case that was heavily debated in Italy. The impact of her 17 years lasting coma, with all the public discussions around her, was showing on all members of the household. Especially her parents had opposite views on the matter, but both hesitated to take definitive action either way. We saw of lot of visitors insisting on praying for Eluano to keep her on life support, and we saw similar praying sessions elsewhere, all of these along the religious view lines on the matter, and particularly against any action to terminate her life. Such a continuous influence cannot fail to leave a lasting impression, even knowing that it is very easy for outsiders to take a formalistic stand in this, not seeing the daily struggle of the parents. A side note: We were lucky that we did not have to endure Berlusconi in action. We only saw him on TV a few times but for short moments. And he was mentioned several times. For instance, there was a lot of signage outside the hospital where his help was called upon to prevent Eluano from being "murdered" (not my words). All in all, though a commendable attempt to involve us in relevant discussions about the subject at hand, the movie failed halfway. This is mostly due to the scenario trying to entertain three parallel story lines while failing to maintain an even balance when showing the dilemma's and the decision making within the respective stories. Further, I was a bit confused at first, as it was not clear upfront who was who, what their connection was with the subject of euthanasia, and how they related to each other. After seeing this film, I cannot imagine that anyone has changed his of her mind. Nevertheless, it may serve as an opening for discussion in a group of people with an interest in the matter. I think that to be the primary merit of this movie. Everyone can easily recognize their own dilemma's, and thereby identify themselves with the central theme. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/27/23 Full Review Audience Member Dormant Beauty [Italy, 2014] Excellent in many aspects, but lacks emotional connection. It's something Asghar Farhadi can perfect. 8/10 Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review walter m Just as Italy is torn over a comatose woman being taken off of life support, Uliano(Toni Servillo), a senator, is called back to Rome for a very important vote on the subject. At the same time, his daughter Maria(Alba Rohrwacher) travels to the woman's hospital to join the vigil. Along the way, she has water thrown in her face at a rest area. Coming to her rescue is Roberto(Michele Riondino) who also writes his phone number on her arm. As unfamiliar as I am with the events that inspired "Dormant Beauty," and with Italian politics in general, it does come as no surprise that Catholic Italy would lose its collective sanity in all proportion to a case involving privacy. That also serves to explain the heightened emotions that Maria is feeling towards Roberto. And if only the movie had stayed with Maria and her deeply conflicted father, this might have been truly something when there is enough in their respective stories for a feature. Instead, the movie muddles it with two other unrelated storylines, one involving Rossa(Maya Sansa) who is trying for the world record in self-destructtion and yet another comatose young woman. So, instead the central themes turn out to be whether anybody is too far gone to save, while transferring the damsel-in-distress syndrome from Italy to the movie itself with its four women in jeopardy. And in fact, outside of one truly classic do-you-know-who-you-are-dealing-with moment, there is sadly no reason for Isabelle Huppert to be present here either. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Movie Info

      Synopsis Eluana Englaro, a young woman who lived 17 years in a vegetative state, lives out her last six days.
      Marco Bellocchio
      Marco Chimenz, Fabio Conversi, Giovanni Stabilini, Riccardo Tozzi
      Marco Bellocchio, Stefano Rulli, Veronica Raimo
      Production Co
      RAI Cinema, Cattleya
      Original Language
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Oct 29, 2015
      1h 55m
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