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The Mass Is Ended (1985)

La messa è finita (original title)
The young priest Father Giulio returns to Rome, his hometown, after a long pilgrimage. Don Giulio hopes to live peacefully with his family and his friends, but discovers that many of them ... See full summary »

Director:

Nanni Moretti

Writers:

Nanni Moretti (story), Sandro Petraglia (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nanni Moretti ... Don Giulio
Ferruccio De Ceresa Ferruccio De Ceresa ... Don Giulio's Father
Marco Messeri ... Saverio
Enrica Maria Modugno ... Valentina
Dario Cantarelli Dario Cantarelli ... Gianni
Giovanni Buttafava Giovanni Buttafava ... Lawyer
Luisa De Santis ... Lucia
Pietro De Vico Pietro De Vico ... Friar
Eugenio Masciari Eugenio Masciari ... Antonio
Vincenzo Salemme Vincenzo Salemme ... Andrea
Roberto Vezzosi Roberto Vezzosi ... Cesare
Margarita Lozano ... Don Giulio's Mother
Anna Cesareni Anna Cesareni
Sandro De Santis Sandro De Santis
Mauro Fabretti Mauro Fabretti ... Simone
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Storyline

The young priest Father Giulio returns to Rome, his hometown, after a long pilgrimage. Don Giulio hopes to live peacefully with his family and his friends, but discovers that many of them are depressed or frustrated, and some suicidal. Father Giulio determines to leave again, but his stopped parents convince him to perform the wedding ceremony for his friend Caesar and his fiancee. Don Giulio rushes through the ceremony and then away from Rome. Once away from the city, he immediately regains happiness. Written by X

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His hopes shattered, now it is time for another place...

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

15 November 1985 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

A Missa Acabou See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,001
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Faso Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Initially, the role of the terrorist was going to be played by Moretti himself, as some kind of Giulio's "evil twin", with the exception of having a beard in the case of the terrorist. Then, the role went to Vincenzo Salemme. See more »

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Good movie: angry and surprising
12 February 2006 | by Forbes500See all my reviews

I came to Nanni Moretti from his wise and witty later movies _Caro Diario_ and _The Son's Room_. So in _La Messa_ I was surprised to see a bitter, angry, and quite selfish Moretti in the role of a suburban priest who seems--much like the psychoanalyst of _The Son's Room_--utterly incapable of helping those who put themselves in his care.

There's lots to like in this movie: the somewhat decrepit but nonetheless lovely settings around Rome, the nods to other great Italian movies (Moretti, in his cassock, playing soccer with the school kids, calls to mind Rossellini's _Rome, Open City_), the intense and largely convincing story. I found particularly compelling a courtroom confrontation involving a judge, a defendant, and Moretti's priest as a witness. I was, on the whole, moved by Moretti's take on the priest's dealings with his brothers-in-arms from what were presumably their days as leftist activists.

On a final note, people are always comparing Moretti to Woody Allen. I don't see why. Their movies have almost nothing in common. I have never seen Allen as anything more than a second-rate standup comic, or as a caricature. Moretti, on the other hand, is a human being.


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