The Nymph (1996) aka Ninfa plebea
Country: Italy | Director: Lina Wertmüller
Language: Italian | Subtitles: English & Spanish (.srt files)
Aspect ratio: Cinemascope 2.35:1 | Length: 110mn
Another thought-provoking film by Lina Wertmuller, The story and cinematography is what we have come to expect from Wertmuller's films, beautiful even during the turmoil of war.
The Nymph follows a young girl's difficult passage into womanhood in World War II Italy. Miluzza experiences the love of family, and lust of soldiers and local men who are enchanted by her youth and beauty. Set in a very poor small village, the jealousy and judgment of others weighs heavily on the young Miluzza since her mother, Nunziata, is seen as a loose woman. Wertmuller draws the viewer to Miluzza's side as her innocence is tragically lost. She wonders at one point, "Why is everyone so evil to me?".
There are some disturbing images of abuse and rape, but the overall message of this film is of hope and redemption. Miluzza's beautiful spirit triumphs after she helps a wounded Italian soldier return home after he stumbles into her life. Her demure beauty, feminine strength and goodness win over everyone in the end. Highly recommended for foreign film buffs.
The Nymph (1996)
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