Dormant Beauty (Bella addormentata)

Dormant Beauty (Bella addormentata)
  • 2012
  • Italy / France
  • 1h 55min

Bellocchio examines the debate surrounding euthanasia using three fictional stories.

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The case of Eluana Englaro became a lightning rod for the debate about euthanasia in Italy. Englaro was injured in a car accident and spent seventeen years in a vegetative state as her father fought a legal battle to end her life. Marco Bellocchio’s latest feature explores the case and its implications through three fictional stories: a senator grapples with his conscience before a crucial parliamentary vote on Englaro’s fate; a devoutly Catholic singer abandons her career to care for her stricken child; and a methadone addict begs to end her life. A powerful, thought-provoking reflection on matters of life and death.

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