Maladolescenza 1977 UNCUT
A teen boy grows from playing and fighting with his German-shepherd dog, to playing kids and adult games with two equally young girls, in a dream-like forest which eventually turns eerie, and somber.
Often beautiful at a visual level, poignant on its directorial style, joyful but nostalgic at the same time, and ultimately a satisfactory experience for the all-rounded, open-minded viewer (you may want to stay clear, and while at it also to spare us from a certain neo-medieval kind of retarded comments, if you happen not to be one).
You may love this movie, you may hate it, or you may simply end up wondering what’s all the controversy about and why is it still banned or heavily censored in certain so-called “advanced” countries.
One thing is certain: if you like film in general, you should watch it (there’s a great new DVD available from Germany, with English subtitles).
Not only because it’s a centerpiece both of cinema styles and social perspectives in change and of its own author’s career and I dare say, personal life, but also because it’s one of those rare, last standing moments of sheer honesty which are representative of a bygone era, and indirectly also representative of how close-minded and hypocrite our western world has become in the past two decades, in direct contrast with what should be expected from a society which repeatedly acknowledges itself (no one else probably would, and clearly DON’T) as the most “advanced” – making it all the more ironic that this simple but interesting movie IS, after all, all about the loss of innocence and youth.
Director: Pier Giuseppe Murgia
Writers: Peter Berling, Dieter Geissler (dialogue)
Stars: Lara Wendel, Eva Ionesco, Martin Loeb
Country: Italy | West Germany
Release Date: 6 May 1977 (Italy)
Also Known As: Playing with Love