· The film ·
Susanna, a fifty-year-old psychologist, works with abused women: which is why, when on her way back to her country house she sees a very young prostitute being abused by a man, she cannot innocently stand by. After convincing her husband – with difficulty – she takes her into her home to “save her”.
To begin with Nadya, the girl, is terrified but she gradually begins to trust the couple. Everything seems to be going well, until something upsets the (false) family balance of the saviours. Susanna’s metamorphosis is creepy and cruel: why is Nadya not just a grateful kitten only able to say thank you every second? Why does she have sentiments and hopes like every girl of her age? Susanna is devastated by what she perceives as an inacceptable confusion of levels: the life of her family and Nadya’s life. Hence the only solution that remains is to take the young girl – “enriched” with an envelope of money – back to where she was found. The power of the film La bella gente (2009) by Ivano De Matteo lies totally in the harsh plausibility of the story it tells. Susanna and her husband are like many of us, when we enter, for self-gratification, into the lives of others in need, we are incapable of truly gratuitous actions; and so we are extremely capable instead of doing real harm. (@GiuliGaleotti)
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