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Blood of the Losers (2008)

Il sangue dei vinti (original title)
An Italian family is fractured after World War II ends.


Michele Soavi


Giampaolo Pansa (book), Giampaolo Pansa (story) | 5 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michele Placido ... Commissario Franco Dogliani
Barbora Bobulova ... Anna Spada / Costantina
Alessandro Preziosi Alessandro Preziosi ... Ettore Dogliani
Philippe Leroy ... Umberto Dogliani
Giovanna Ralli ... Giulia Dogliani
Stefano Dionisi ... Kurt
Alina Nedelea ... Lucia Dogliani
Daniela Giordano Daniela Giordano ... Maria Rossini
Valerio Binasco Valerio Binasco ... Nello Foresi
Massimo Poggio ... Vincenzo Nardi
Ana Caterina Morariu Ana Caterina Morariu ... Elisa
Luigi Maria Burruano Luigi Maria Burruano ... Mario Vagagini
Tony Sperandeo Tony Sperandeo ... Salustri
Raffaele Vannoli ... Petrucci
Vincenzo Crivello Vincenzo Crivello ... Caronte


An Italian family is fractured after World War II ends.

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8 May 2009 (Italy) See more »

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Credible World War II drama
18 November 2016 | by joegagliano-91885See all my reviews

The story's thread is based upon a policeman's search for the killer of a prostitute in 1943 Italy, but in reality it is a morality tale about war, fascism, partisans, and the other factions participating in the second world war. The policeman and his family portray what happened in Italy during that period, with families torn apart by a civil war where brother against sister was a sad reality. The acting is excellent. Michele Placido is the policeman who does not take sides in the conflict, concentrating instead on his pursuit of a murderer; one might conclude that his fixation on finding the culprit gives him an excuse to avoid choosing a cause. He gives a measured performance as a young man and as the storyteller some twenty years later. His sister Lucia (Alina Nedelea) is fiery as the vengeful fascist recruit who hates the allies responsible for her husband's death in an air raid, while his brother Ettore (Alessandro Preziosi) is well cast as the partisan. Barbara Bobulova is credible as the murdered prostitute and her twin sister

Non-Europeans may find the various personal conflicts somewhat alien, as Europeans may not always appreciate the currents that underlined the American Civil War, but at its most basic level the film does a good job of revealing what each of the characters feels. The fighting is realistic and never overdone. As one who lived in Italy during that era, I was particularly impressed by the scene where fascist snipers were shooting civilians from a church steeple on the last day of hostilities; I witnessed an almost identical scene, except that the church was a synagogue.

Michele Soavi is the talented director.

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