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The Sparrow's Fluttering (1988)

Il frullo del passero (original title)
A woman, who has been the mistress of a man who has just died, thinks about leaving the little Italian village where they lived and moving to another place. An old and rich man offers her a... See full summary »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Philippe Noiret ... Gabriele / Old Man
Ornella Muti ... Silvana
Nicola Farron Nicola Farron ... Sandro / Young Man
Chiara Argelli Chiara Argelli ... Gabriele's Wife
Sabrina Ferilli ... La donna delle stelle / The woman of the stars
Rosa Di Brigida Rosa Di Brigida
Claudine Auger ... Dino's Widow
Beppe Chierici ... Parroco
Claudio Del Falco ... Adamo
Miriam Axa Miriam Axa ... Eva
Giuseppe Mauro Cruciano ... Gabriele's son
Claudio Rosini Claudio Rosini ... Gabriele's son
Roberto Giannini Roberto Giannini ... Journalist
Bruno Rosa Bruno Rosa ... Dino
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A woman, who has been the mistress of a man who has just died, thinks about leaving the little Italian village where they lived and moving to another place. An old and rich man offers her a place in his house, however, she will have to listen to him telling his past love stories. Written by Salvatore Santangelo <pappagone2@libero.it>

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Italian

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21 December 1988 (Italy) See more »

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The Sparrow's Fluttering See more »

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The art of listening
21 June 2012 | by unbrokenmetalSee all my reviews

"Il frullo del passero" opens with 5 minutes without dialog. This is quite often a great start for a movie, because there is a mood created like only a film can do it, not a story like in a book. The scenery is set up, while explanations are not (yet) provided. In a nutshell, Gabriele Battistini (Philippe Noiret) watches a funeral procession and later meets Silvana (Ornella Muti), the young mistress of his deceased friend Dino. She told Dino's widow (Claudine Auger) that she didn't love Dino and therefore didn't attend the funeral, but now she doesn't know where to go. Gabriele asks Silvana if he may tell her the memories of his life, basically give her a new job as a listener, sharing his secrets, and she is "una ragazza chi sapeva ascoltare" (a girl who knew how to listen). A mixture of fantasy (Adam and Eve in paradise!) and reality, past and present unfolds. I knew director Mingozzi before only for "Flavia the Heretic", certainly miles from a sweet and tasteful film like "Il frullo del passero", which is nice to watch on a quiet day off, led by two great actors.


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