Sicilian Ghost Story

Dreamy story that mixes young love with the harsh realities of a Mafia kidnapping

Film Review by Ross McIndoe | 31 Jul 2018
Film title: Sicilian Ghost Story
Director: Antonio Piazza, Fabio Grassadonia
Starring: Julia Jedlikowska, Gaetano Fernandez, Corinne Musallari
Release date: 3 Aug
Certificate: 15

Luna (Jedlikowska) and Giuseppe (Fernandez) have taunted and teased their way around a mutual crush for some time. Finally, as the movie begins, she hands him a letter that reveals her heart and asks if he wants “to get together.” They share a first kiss and a beautiful afternoon in the Sicilian countryside, a blissful dream before reality shakes them back awake and tears them apart.

Giuseppe vanishes, kidnapped by the local mafia to exert pressure on his police informant father. The town is quick to ignore and eager to forget, but Luna rails on and rages against the machinery that would bury her friend. Isolated by fury and grief, her grip upon reality begins to loosen as she chases the ghost of her lost love with increasing desperation, tumbling down a rabbit hole she might not emerge from.

Quietly evocative of the dreamlike state of childhood, Sicilian Ghost Story is a melancholy poem to the part of us we can’t allow to be wrung out by the complacency and compliance of adulthood.

Released by Altitude