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Marco Bellocchio

The Nanny

La balia

A rich couple hire an illiterate peasant girl as a wet nurse, but she soon becomes a favourite of more than just the baby.

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Italy 1999
Dir Marco Bellocchio
With Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Maya Sansa, Jacqueline Lustig
English subtitles

An illiterate young woman is brought from her rural home to be a wet nurse in a rich couple’s house in the city, with unforeseen and far-reaching consequences. The project was suggested speculatively to Bellocchio, and he created an imaginative reinterpretation of the Luigi Pirandello novella, with sensitive direction, understated performances and a careful attention to detail. An entrancing period drama.


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