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Marco Bellocchio

A Leap in the Dark (aka Leap Into the Void)

Salto nel vuoto

An emotional chess game between a successful but domineering judge and his troubled sister.

Image from A Leap in the Dark (aka Leap Into the Void)

Italy-France-West Germany 1980
Dir Marco Bellocchio
With Michel Piccoli, Anouk Aimée, Michele Placido, Gisella Burinato
120min
Digital
English subtitles

A successful but domineering judge has an unhealthily close relationship with his sister, which becomes more difficult, and then starts to disintegrate, when she begins to have psychological issues. This vicious chess game of emotions, expertly orchestrated by Bellocchio, features brilliant central performances, and deservedly led to both Piccoli and Aimée winning Best Actor awards at the 1980 Cannes Film Festival.


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