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Aclà (1992)

La discesa di Aclà a Floristella (original title)
Brutal film about the exploitation of a young Italian boy, who is virtually sold to the operators of a sulphur mine where he is beaten and sexually molested.

Director:

Aurelio Grimaldi

Writers:

Aurelio Grimaldi (screenplay), Aurelio Grimaldi (story)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Francesco Cusimano Francesco Cusimano ... Aclà Rizzuto
Tony Sperandeo Tony Sperandeo ... Caramazza
Luigi Maria Burruano Luigi Maria Burruano ... Il padre di Aclà
Lucia Sardo Lucia Sardo ... La madre di Aclà
Giovanni Alamia Giovanni Alamia ... Salvo
Benedetto Raneli Benedetto Raneli ... Il prete
Giuseppe Cusimano Giuseppe Cusimano ... Maurizio Rizzuto
Rita Barbanera Rita Barbanera ... Concetta Rizzuto
Salvatore Scianna Salvatore Scianna ... Calogero Rizzuto
Ignazio Donato Ignazio Donato ... Pietro
Luciano Venturino Luciano Venturino ... Pino Rizzuto
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Giuseppe Calcagno Giuseppe Calcagno
Tano Cimarosa
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Brutal film about the exploitation of a young Italian boy, who is virtually sold to the operators of a sulphur mine where he is beaten and sexually molested. Written by David Kinne <davros@gargoyle.apana.org.au>

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Drama

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Details

Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

10 September 1992 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Aclà See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Prepare yourself before viewing.
2 April 2006 | by shneurSee all my reviews

This is the story of a young adolescent in an Italian mining community, ostensibly (or hopefully) at some time in the past. He is indentured in a traditional apprenticeship system that makes him a virtual slave to his bosses. The inferno-like conditions of sulphur mining, the sexual exploitation resulting from week-long separation of husbands from wives, and the ever-present danger of the mines combine construct a real-life allegory for the dual "open" and "subterranean" levels of human nature. Acla's boyish exuberance, sensitivity and idealism set him fundamentally at odds with his environment. Aurelio Grimaldi's excellent direction ensures you won't know the outcome until the closing credits roll. This is not an easy film to watch: I felt emotionally drained for a long time afterward. Be warned.


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