Thank You, Aunt

  • 1969
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

A fresh perspective on disaffected youth in the nuclear era, this first film directed by the 24-year-old Samperi is a story of social and sexual frustration, rich in political allegory. Seventeen-year-old Castel--who, unlike many of his contemporaries, is neither a conformist striver nor a destructive radical--has come to terms with life temporarily by...read more

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A fresh perspective on disaffected youth in the nuclear era, this first film directed by the 24-year-old Samperi is a story of social and sexual frustration, rich in political allegory. Seventeen-year-old Castel--who, unlike many of his contemporaries, is neither a conformist striver nor a

destructive radical--has come to terms with life temporarily by retreating behind psychosomatically induced paralysis. Confined to an electric wheelchair, this scion of affluence works cruel mind games on those nearest him. His parents travel, leaving him in the care of his youthful doctor aunt,

Gastoni, on her country estate. The clever cripple deliberately alienates her many visitors and, playing on her nurturing instincts, wrests her attention from her left-leaning lover, Ferzetti. Isolated now with his aunt, he implements a strategy to subordinate her to his will physically as well as

emotionally, despite his impotence. The troubled youth arouses Gastoni sexually but doesn't follow through--his marvelous manipulations sustaining both her tension and his concentration. Immersed in his mystique, she grants him the release he seeks--through lethal injection. A finely crafted film,

with many turns and twists, and with superb performances by the principals. Writer-director Samperi apparently made his peace with society after this film; his later MALIZIA (1974) and LOVERS AND OTHER RELATIVES (1976) were flat-out comedies, even though they dealt with some of the same elements

(notably youthful desire, impotence, sexual fetishes, and vengeance).

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