A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Showcases a lot of hurtful behavior, from infidelity to rape to murder.
Positive Role Models
Ciccio is a married man, a charming rake who cheats on his wife openly. He speaks up against the low prices being paid by the rich olive oil producers. He's impulsive, hot-headed. His brother Antonio seems just as passionate but more measured in his speech and actions.
Violence & Scariness
A man is brutally beaten to death with a shovel. The murderer then seemingly cuts off the victim's genitals (off-screen). He sends the body back to the town square draped over a donkey to send a warning to any who might wish to rebel against the status quo. Soon after, in retaliation, an unseen person beats the murderer and his son to death; blood is seen. A boss routinely rapes the powerless underage girls who pick olives for him. One woman is attacked and stabs the attacker with a fork; no blood. Bloodied body of dead man washed before a funeral.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Married men have affairs with the wives of others, even father children that way. Powerful men demand sex from young women who work for them. A woman's breasts are shown. A man and woman have sex.
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"F--k," "s--t," "bastard," "d--khead," "whore."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Last Paradiso, set among 1950s Italian olive farmers, focuses on the village playboy, who is married but openly has affairs with the local wives and daughters. He also protests the oppressive practices of the Mafia-like olive merchants. For this he pays a bloody price. Given the mature themes, only older teens would find this remotely interesting. Violence includes three fatal beatings, rape and attempted rape, and an instance of a woman defending herself against a sexual attacker by forking him in the thigh. A man is brutally beaten to death with a shovel. The murderer then seemingly cuts off the victim's genitals (off-screen). He sends the body back to the town square draped over a donkey to send a warning to any who might wish to rebel against the status quo. Language includes "f--k," "s--t," "bastard," "d--khead," and "whore." Men and woman kiss and have sex. A woman's breasts are seen. Adults use alcohol and cigarettes. In Italian with English subtitles. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This movie is a puzzler and isn't the lovely romance that the movie poster promises. Instead, we are invited into the dismal lives of olive harvesters who live off the Italian land and are brutally oppressed by the local mogul who fixes prices and keeps the people down. The Last Paradiso takes us to a place where families have lived together forever, where feuds and secrets fester. Apart from that setup, it's hard to say what point this is supposed to make or why we are supposed to care. Ciccio is a thoughtless, fast-talking philanderer who betrays his wife and makes grand promises to the townspeople about rising up against financial oppression, but he actually does nothing except put the woman he loves in danger and make his wife unhappy. In short, he's a selfish, impulsive jerk.
When something bad happens to him, it's difficult to be surprised, and doubly difficult not to see that he brought his sordid fate on himself. The plot twist at the halfway mark clarifies nothing; in fact, it only adds to the fuzziness. Those looking to get lost in a gorgeous Italian romance should look elsewhere.
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