Sorelle Mai, Sisters Mai

by Marianne Wi

Director: Marco Bellocchino, it is his first feature film and nothing more than a family affair featuring Elena Bellocchino, Letizia Bellocchino, Maria Luisa Bellocchino, Pier Giorgio Bellocchino. Ahhh no IMDB informs me that Marco Bellocchino has directed 37 films ? OK folks there are two Marco Bellocchinos, who do I report this imposter to ?

I was so looking forward to this film, Italy is currently going through its comic phase so a drama, a thriller even a romance would be cool. I had seen Sorelle Mai, Sisters Mai appearing at International Film Festivals so my expectations were right up there. I was thinking Vincere – Buongiorno,notte, Good Morning, Night  – Il registra di matrimoni, The Wedding Director – La balia , The Nanny- I pugni in tasca, Fist in the pocket , I had every reason to be just a bit over excited;  Bellocchino, you are messing with my head !

Cast :  Irene Baratta, Elena Bellocchino, Letizia Bellocchino, Maria Luisa Bellocchino, Pier Giorgio Bellocchino, Valentina Bardi, Anna Bianchi, Donatella Finocchiaro, Alba Rohrwacher, Gianni Schicchi.

The film was shot over a period of 10 years by students Bellocchio tought “film making” to in Bobbio a small town in the province of  Piacenz. Sorelle Mai, Sisters Mai has been shot in 6 fragments, 1999,  2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and last but not least  2008 which will explain the Bellocchino family’s heavy presents, not many actors would sign a 10 year contract.

Synobsis : Sara May (Donatella Finocchiaro) is a budding actress with few maternal instincts for her daughter Elena (Elena Bellocchino), she has left her in the family home in Bobbio, while she herself is pursuing a career in acting in Milan. Elena is being raised by her two aunts Letizia (Letzia Bellocchino) and Mariuccia (Maria Luisa Bellocchino) together with their grandson Giorgio (Pier Giorgio Bellocchio) who also plays a major part in her upbringing (ever so slightly uneasy about the sexual tension between the two). We follow Elena as she matures over the decade, which is the most interesting part of this film, Elenas acting is excellent throughout, cannot wait to see her in other films ; other characters appear and disappear without any explanation. The final scene was beautiful, we see Gianni Schicchi, dressed in a tuxedo emerging himself into a lake, while being filmed.

The plot line is weak and the lighting throughout had issues, many shots were out of focus and the black and white flashbacks did nothing but confuse, should have gone straight to DVD.


The family connection is as followes Letzia and Maria Luisa Bellocchino are Marco’s sisters in real life Elena and Giorgio are their children, a tallented famely.







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