Small Body (Piccolo Corpo), dir. Laura Samani, Italy / France / Slovenia 2021, 89 min., Italian dialect with English subtitles
In an isolated island community in North Eastern Italy at the beginning of the 20th century, Agate gives birth to a stillborn baby. Terrified by being told her child will forever drift in spiritual limbo, she flees husband and family, with her baby’s corpse, embarking on a desperate, dangerous journey to the mountains, where there may be somewhere or someone that can save its soul.
With its surprising plot twists and moments of genuine suspense, Small Body could easily pass as a thriller, but its thoughtful tone, dark and enchanting atmosphere, and skilful pacing give it the feel of a Gothic fairy tale.
At times breathtakingly beautiful, making great use of its Friuli Venezia settings, this is a captivating, remarkably assured debut.
Sat, 09 Oct 2021
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