Pianese Nunzio 14 anni a maggio 1996
A young priest crusades against organized crime in his Naples neighbourhood but falls in love with a 13-year old boy. It’s the chance the gangsters were waiting for to get rid of the thorn in their side. Will they be able to force the boy to accuse the priest of sexual harassment and have his reputation destroyed?
This is the very timely story of the relationship between a priest and a teen who wants to be one in modern day Naples. It is portrayed as a pure, honest, innocent relationship on the part of both.
While most of the people close to either of them are aware of the relationship after Nunzio moves into the church, it is refreshing to see how they treat it in an almost matter-of-fact manner. There is some minor ribbing by some acquaintances but nothing like the mean-spirited harsh torture a boy in modern America who willingly participated would be subjected to.
When Fr. Borelli refuses to compromise his morals and silence his campaign against the camorristas (mafia), a campaign is launched to have the boy denounce him.
This is one of the most sympathetic portrayals (better than L.I.E., up there with Man Without a Face) ever shown on screen, and is also commendable as showing how social workers and those in one’s environment can pressure youths into denouncing even those seen as close friends. An important film in its genre. 9 Caution: explicit scenes but no full frontal nudity.
Director: Antonio Capuano
Writers: Antonio Capuano (screenplay), Antonio Capuano (story)
Stars: Gaetano Amato, Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Flavio Brunetti
Release Date: 5 September 1996 (Italy)
Also Known As: Pianese Nunzio – 14 im Mai
Filming Locations: Naples, Campania, Italy