Second Opinion – Sicilian Ghost Story (2017)

Sicilian Ghost Story, 2017.

Directed by Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza.

Starring Julia Jedlikowska, Gaetano Fernandez, Corinne Musallari, Federico Finocchirao, and Andrea Falzone.

Synopsis:

Against a heavy cloak of secrecy, a 12-year-old girl smitten with her handsome classmate ventures deeper and deeper into the enchanted Sicilian forests to find him, unaware of just how thick is the mystery behind his strange disappearance.

Taking its inspiration from true events, the 1993 kidnapping of Mafia supergrass Santino Di Matteo’s son, the writing-directing team of Grassadonia and Piazza attempt to do a Del Toro lite, by telling a macabre love story that’s flecked with just the slightest hint of the supernatural.

It’s fair to say that audiences will be divided into two factions by Sicilian Ghost Story, each having valid arguments over their takeaway from this metaphysical mystery. They’ll be those who go with the slow-burn descent into gothic fairy-tale territory,
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