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Nome di donna

Movie review by
Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Strong woman battles sexual harassment in mature drama.
  • NR
  • 2018
  • 98 minutes

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Positive Messages

Key themes include courage and perseverance -- standing up for what's right, even if it's difficult. On the downside, viewers may be also left feeling that sexual harassment is unavoidable.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Nina is a brave woman who risks her job and her standing in a small town to fight against the culture of sexual harassment in her workplace. She's a role model for standing up against abusers and those who protect them. Catholic Church is portrayed in a negative light as clergy members help cover up the harassment.

Violence

Sexual harassment and coercion are themes throughout the movie. There's an attempted sexual assault. A man hits a woman in the face during another sexual assault, resulting in bruising and a cut lip.

Sex

Couple has moderately noisy consensual sex under the bed sheets.

Language

Occasional strong language includes "cazzo" ("d--k"), "troia" ("slut"), "vaffanculo" ("f--k off"), and "stronza" ("bitchy").

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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Adults drink wine with dinner.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Nome di donna is an Italian-language (currently unavailable with English subtitles) drama about a woman named Nina (Cristiana Capotondi) who fights against sexual harassment in her workplace. There are several scenes in which Marco (Valerio Binasco), the big boss, coerces and pressures his female employees into sexual encounters. In one scene, he slaps a woman in the face, resulting in bruises and a cut lip. There are many tense moments in which Marco and his second-in-command noticeably make women feel small, powerless, and beholden to their every desire. Two characters have consensual sex under the sheets. There's some strong language, including "cazzo" ("d--k"), "troia" ("slut"), "vaffanculo" ("f--k off"), and "stronza" ("bitchy"), and adults drink wine with dinner.

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What's the story?

In NOME DI DONNA, Nina (Cristiana Capotondi) gets a job at a large, well-known senior-living facility in a small town in Lombardy, outside of Milan. At first the job seems great -- but then her boss, Marco (Valerio Binasco), sexually assaults her one evening after her shift. Nina soon discovers that most of the other women who work there have had their own unpleasant encounters with Marco, too. Nina decides to report Marco, which -- at least at first -- seems to have only disastrous results.

Is it any good?

This story about a brave woman who goes against the tide to stand up for herself is an inspiring example of what can happen when the marginalized speak up. It helps that the story is engaging, and the characters well played. There's an interesting encounter between Nina and Marco's daughter that highlights how the actions of predators like Marco impact a broader circle. Catholic clergy play a role in covering up the harassment, which makes a strong statement about the church.

Several small plot points aren't quite fleshed out enough and are confusing as a result. And although the plot at first moves along at a slow but steady pace, a huge jump toward the end feels disorienting. The finale feels victorious except for one disappointing scene, which makes harassment feel inevitable and may ruin the sense of hope for some. But overall, Nome di donna does a decent job of tackling a complex -- and currently hot-button -- topic and is bound to start some interesting discussions between older teens and parents. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about gender relations and gender representation in Nome di donna. How does Marco use his power to get what he wants? Why do his female employees keep quiet? What would the consequences be in real life?

  • Is sexual harassment something our society can eliminate? How has the #MeToo movement made an impact? 

  • How does Nina demonstrate courage and perseverance? Why are those important character strengths

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