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Sicilian Ghost Story (2017)

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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.
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Cast overview:
Julia Jedlikowska Julia Jedlikowska ... Luna
Gaetano Fernandez Gaetano Fernandez ... Giuseppe
Corinne Musallari Corinne Musallari ... Loredana
Andrea Falzone Andrea Falzone ... Nino
Federico Finocchiaro Federico Finocchiaro ... Calogero
Lorenzo Curcio Lorenzo Curcio ... Mariano
Vincenzo Amato ... Padre di Luna
Sabine Timoteo Sabine Timoteo ... Madre di Luna
Filippo Luna ... U'Nanu
Baldassare Tre Re Baldassare Tre Re ... Venatura
Rosario Terranova Rosario Terranova ... Scannacristiani
Gabriele Falsetta Gabriele Falsetta ... Giufà
Vincenzo Crivello Vincenzo Crivello ... Il Tedesco
Dino Santoro Dino Santoro ... Chiodo (as Corrado Santoro)
Antonio Prester Antonio Prester ... Nonno di Giuseppe
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In a little Sicilian village at the edge of a forest, Giuseppe, a boy of 13, vanishes. Luna, his classmate who loves him, refuses to accept his mysterious disappearance. She rebels against the silence and complicity that surround her, and to find him she descends into the dark world which has swallowed him up and which has a lake as its mysterious entrance. Only their indestructible love will be able to bring her back along.

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Official site [Japan]

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Italy | France | Switzerland

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Italian

Release Date:

18 May 2017 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Duhovi sa Sicilije See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

€41,087 (Italy), 21 May 2017, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,324, 2 December 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$7,063, 9 December 2018
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2.35 : 1
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The story was inspired by the real life abduction and murder of the son of a Mafia informant in 1993. See more »

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When going back to the forest Luna retrieves Giuseppe's backpack and finds a figurine of Son Goku with blue hair. Then Luna and Loredana dye their hair blue like the toy. Son Goku appears in Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Kai, Dragon Ball GT, Dragon Ball Super. The movie takes place in the 90's and Son Goku did not achieve the blue hair transformation yet. Blue hair is a new transformation that appeared with Dragon Ball Super which has been released only in 2015. They should have referred to Dragon Ball Z and a yellow hair transformation (the only one known in the 90's for Sayans like Son Goku). See more »

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A Powerful Tale Of Love Conquering Fear And Indifference.
7 August 2018 | by PairicSee all my reviews

Sicilian Ghost Story: A tale of young love, kidnapping and horror; a new take on the "Mafia Film" set in a Sicilian town. Luna (Julia Jedlikowska) is in love withe 13 year old classmate Giuseppe (Gaetano Fernandez), they teasingly play in the forest, when a dog threatens Luna he protects her, losing his schoolbag. When Giuseppe disappears Luna is forlorn, thinking he just abandoned her but it is soon revealed that he was kidnapped by the Mafia as his father, also a mafiosi is cooperating with the authorities.

Locals do not want to discuss it and there is a consensual myth even at the school that the boy is ill. Luna won't stop looking for him, even producing leaflets about his disappearance. Her parents fear that this will draw the attention of the gangsters and the town police don't want to be reminded of the reality.

Much more than a gangster film this tale develops as Luna seems to forge a psychic bond with Giuseppe, seeing him in captivity, viewing where he will be moved to. Giuseppe is also aware of that link and undergoes out of body experiences as he falls ill whilst in captivity. As the film progresses the supernatural elements build towards to a climax which threatens to provide a Romeo and Juliet ending.

Some terrible scenes of cruelty, violence and horror. In the forest sequences there is a sense of primeval panic as the sparse trees seem to close in looking like bars in a prison cell. Great performances by Julia and Gaetano. Written and directed by Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza this is truly a powerful tale of love conquering fear and indifference. 9/10.


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