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“Gloria!”, the invention of pop in the second Italian film in competition in Berlin

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“Gloria!”, the invention of pop in the second Italian film in competition in Berlin

An elegant staging

Despite the various narrative limitations, “Gloria!” However, it has a decidedly elegant staging, thanks to excellent interior photography, which plays effectively with the lighting of the candles and with chiaroscuro. The pictorial style of the shots is suggestive, as are the musical choices which lead to scores with a pop style, clearly ahead of its time and endowed with the same modernity as the various female characters in the field. Some dramaturgical foresight would therefore undoubtedly have benefited the film, but when faced with a first work one can really be satisfied and the foundations for a career important, even as a director, for Margherita Vicario they are all there.

The cast includes several well-known faces: from Paolo Rossi to Natalino Balasso, through Elio of the group Elio e le Storie Tese to Veronica Lucchesi, the talented singer of the group La Representative di Lista.

The Devil’s Bath

Another female-centric film presented in competition is the Austrian “The Devil’s Bath”, a horror-tinged film directed by Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala.

The Devil’s Bath

Set in mid-eighteenth-century Europe, the film opens with a terrifying sequence of an adult woman dropping an infant from a waterfall, before handing herself over to the authorities and being beheaded for her aberrant act. From there we begin to follow the story of Agnes, a girl who has just married, deeply religious and eager to give her husband children soon. Also given the reluctance of her husband, achieving pregnancy is more complex than expected and Agnes will put into practice increasingly extreme acts. Taking inspiration from real news events of that period, Veronica Franz and Severin Fiala give life to a well-shot and capable film to recall important folk horror films, starting from Robert Eggers’ beautiful debut, “The Witch”, also for the disturbing representation of forests. While the packaging is of excellent workmanship, however, the right rhythm is missing for a story that never grows in terms of involvement and which ends up giving the viewer an experience that is too monotonous, especially for a film of this genre.

The hand of the two directors remains interesting, but they had done much better with “Goodnight Mommy” (2014), a film which also had an American remake with Naomi Watts in 2022.

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