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When a striking young stranger (Terence Stamp, The Limey) arrives at a household and sets about seducing each family member he leaves behind an inescapable void of confusion that leads them on an odyssey of self-discovery and departure from the norm. Patriarch of the family, Paolo (Massimo Girotti, Facing Window) is compelled to relinquish his factory to the workers, matriarch Lucia (Silvana Mangano, Dune) departs on a series of casual sexual encounters, Pietro loses interest in his artistic pursuits and Odetta falls into a state of catatonia. Emilia (Laura Betti, La Dolce Vita) the servant becomes the last vestige of hope.

Controversial director of Salo and The Cantebury Tales, Pier  Paolo Pasolini's mysterious and voyeuristic study of family dynamics is as beautiful as it is confounding, captivating as it is confronting - a complex cross-section of sex and class in bourgeois Milan - haunting to the last.

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  • Laura Betti
  • Massimo Girotti
  • Silvana Mangano
  • Terence Stamp


  • Pier Paolo Pasolini

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  • Running time 94 min
  • Region AUS & NZ
  • Format SD
  • Color COLOUR
  • Language Italian
  • Catalogue No. DAVID2349
  • Aspect ratio 16:9
  • Subtitles English
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