Review: ‘Maledetta Mia’

This short docu by well-known Italo feature filmmaker Wilma Labate ("My Generation," "Sunday") explains a lot about how the young supporters of today's extreme political movements think. Her five subjects, ranging from an anarchist writer to a computer hacker, candidly rage against the system and express their paranoia about the future. The sheer amount of dialogue may be an obstacle for foreign auds.

This short docu by well-known Italo feature filmmaker Wilma Labate (“My Generation,” “Sunday”) explains a lot about how the young supporters of today’s extreme political movements think. Her five subjects, ranging from an anarchist writer to a computer hacker, candidly rage against the system and express their paranoia about the future. Film has a captivating immediacy and a great deal of sympathetic insight into its subjects, who present themselves more or less on their own terms. The sheer amount of dialogue may be an obstacle for foreign auds.

Mia Parissi, author of short stories and theater pieces, delivers a freewheeling monologue about anarchy as desire that leads to revolution. Nina De Manincor, a video artist and singer, dances with abandon on a beach. Rapper-poet Adi Gianuario recites his angry verses in lonely parts of the city. And Dora Francese, who lives in a collectively occupied social center, recites hers in Calabrian dialect. Nicolas Denis, who

Maledetta Mia

Italy

Production

Produced by Wilma Labate, Gabrielle Trama. Directed, written by Wilma Labate.

Crew

Camera (color/B&W, Beta SP), Daniel Mularoni; editor, Valeria D'Angelo; music, Fabrizio Gianuario, Alfredo Dusmet. Reviewed at Venice Film Festival (New Territories), Aug. 29, 2003. Running time: 55 MIN.
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