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Italian Language Feature Films in Leavey Library (DVDs): Titles Q-R

Titles Q-S

Le quattro volte
"With little dialogue, this film is a meditation on the mysterious cycles of life. Set in Italy's mountainous region of Calabria, it traces the path of one goatherder's soul as it passes from human to animal to vegetable to mineral. Director Michelangelo Frammartino was inspired by Pythagoras' belief in 'four-fold transmigration' of souls, but his film is far more physical than philosophical."

Questa notte è ancora nostra = The Night Is Still Ours
"Focuses on the tenderness between Massimo, who works as an undertaker's assistant but hopes to reach the big time with his rock band, and Jing, a Chinese girl whose eyes and family are the only thing Chinese about her. The film takes a look at how radically different worlds come together. In the midst of a comedy of errors, we find that desire and love know no cultural barriers."

La ragazza del lago: The Girl by the Lake
"When a beautiful young girl is found murdered in an idyllic northern Italy village, Inspector Giovanni Sanzio is called in from the capital to investigate. In a small town where nobody is what they seem, anyone could be capable of homicide and everyone may be hiding a dark secret, including Inspector Sanzio."

Reality
"A darkly comic look at Luciano, a charming and affable fishmonger whose unexpected and sudden obsession with being a contestant on the reality show Big Brother leads him down a rabbit hole of skewed perceptions and paranoia. So overcome by his dream of being on reality TV, Luciano's own reality begins to spiral out of control."

Requiescant
"A young man was raised to be a pacifist by a travelling preacher after Confederates massacred his family. But when his step-sister runs away, the pursuit reveals a natural talent as a sharp-shooter as well as a bloody and unexpected confrontation with his past."

Riso amaro
"During planting season in Northern Italy's Po Valley, an earthy rice-field worker falls in with a small-time criminal who is planning a daring heist of the crop, as well as his femme-fatale-ish girlfriend. Both a socially conscious look at the hardships endured by underpaid field workers and a melodrama tinged with sex and violence."

Ritual: A Psychomagic Story
"The fragile Lia, and the sadist Viktor, have a very strong and passionate relationship. But when she gets pregnant and he forces her to interrupt the pregnancy, their relationship breaks apart, and Lia falls into a deep depression. After an attempted suicide she decides to leave Viktor and, in the last desperate effort to cure herself, she goes to visit her old aunt Agata in her creepy eighteenth century villa."

Rocco e i suoi fratelli
"The story of four poor Italian brothers and their mother who leave their country home and move to bustling Milan with hopes of improving their bitter fortune. The family is thrown into chaos when two of the brothers are torn apart by their love for the same woman and their struggles to succeed in a viciously competitive world."

Roma
"A film adaptation of Federico Fellini's reminiscences of Rome before World War II, as compared to the present as it was when the film was originally produced (1972.)"

Rome Open City
"When the Nazis occupied Rome, a brave few fought against it. An underground agent who is cornered by the Germans in a certain quarter of Rome, flees the Germans. In the course of his flight he imperils his resistance friends."