Cuore di mamma 1969
1h 32min | Drama | 29 January 1969 (Italy)
Lorenz has three young children who are victims of a media who wishes to turn out terrorists. She contends with her monstrous offspring and student revolts until she can’t take it anymore.
A mute mother stands idly by as her young children radicalise as a result of a society that thrives on conflict and manipulation. As she is drawn to a group of political activists, her absence allows her children to become increasingly extreme in their behaviour and lethal games they play.
This is a difficult, political movie that’s not so easy to understand outside of its 60’s Italian context of heavy social unrest. On the other hand, it can be enjoyed as an offensive, ludicrous piece of work with a really nice Morricone score, which is mostly how I viewed it because I don’t fully grasp what is going on beneath the surface. I do feel that is selling the movie short however. Either way, it certainly makes an impression.
Director: Salvatore Samperi
Writers: Sergio Bazzini (story), Dacia Maraini
Stars: Carla Gravina, Philippe Leroy, Beba Loncar
Release Date: 29 January 1969 (Italy)
Also Known As: Mother’s Heart