AKA South is Nothing
Director: Fabio Mollo
Starring: Miriam Karlkvist, Vinicio Marchioni
Life in the south of Italy these days is still plagued by the choking stranglehold of the Mafia. Silence is as loud as ever and for Grazia (Miriam Karlkvist) it's deafening. This is a nice quiet film from Fabio Mollo, with beatiful slow paced sequences that will lead you into a false sense of tranquility. But you know something is wrong and uncovering the truth is the journey of this film.
The story revolves around a troubled tomboy and her father. The film doesn't give much away and I struggled to know what was going on half the time. It appears they had a son called Pietro who died and Grazia struggles with the reasons of his death, along with her sexual identity. One could read into it that she takes on the role of a male to compensate the loss of her older brother and the impotence of her father against the Mafia.
This film is a little slow in parts and you need to concentrate a bit to read between the lines. There are a lot of charachters that are not introduced and you need to make up your own conclusions on why they are here. Seriously it took me a while to realize the Mafia are involved as they appear to be all mates. Maybe living in the south of Italy is like that. It's just accepted that the Mafia screws everybody and one just accepts it.
Miriam Karlkvist is the stand out performer and best part of this slow paced film. You literally see her transform from a tomboy to a girl. The last scene of the film confirms this without a doubt if your still convinced that she's a bloke. ROB