SUMMER OF '42, Italian style: Giuseppe Tornatore (CINEMA PARADISO) returns to
the well of his Sicilian childhood in this wartime coming-of-age tale. Though
the story is undeniably familiar, the specifics have universal appeal.
Castelcuto, Sicily, 1940: Twelve-year-old Renato (Giuseppe Sulfaro) wants to
be one of the big kids, whose principal pastime seems to be sitting on a
seawall ogling Malena Scordia (Monica Bellucci), the married daughter of their
Latin teacher whose husband is off fighting the war. They also ogle her in the
town square and on the streets; in fact, the whole town does nothing but ogle
Malena, to judge by what may be the...