The Eyes, The Mouth

  • 1982
  • Movie
  • R
  • Drama

Lou Castel, a washed-up actor who spends most of his time in Rome, returns to his bourgeois family's home to attend the funeral of his twin brother, "Pippo," who committed suicide after being spurned by his fiancee, Angela Molina. Castel's mother, Emmanuelle Riva, is a devout Catholic who is told that her son's death was an accident, since suicides reportedly...read more

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Lou Castel, a washed-up actor who spends most of his time in Rome, returns to his bourgeois family's home to attend the funeral of his twin brother, "Pippo," who committed suicide after being spurned by his fiancee, Angela Molina. Castel's mother, Emmanuelle Riva, is a devout Catholic

who is told that her son's death was an accident, since suicides reportedly go straight to hell. Pippo's uncle, Michel Piccoli, urges Molina to pretend she was deeply in love with his nephew to quiet the mother's fears and to save face. She refuses to take part in their dishonesty and, by doing

so, attracts the attention of Castel. Molina and Castel give in to their desires and make love, but Castel still must face the ties that bind him to his mother and his dead brother's memory. Combining a high level of emotion with intellectual discourse, the film, which begins on New Year's Eve,

confronts the necessity of detaching one's self from the past. (In Italian; English subtitles.)

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  • Released: 1982
  • Rating: R
  • Review: Lou Castel, a washed-up actor who spends most of his time in Rome, returns to his bourgeois family's home to attend the funeral of his twin brother, "Pippo," who committed suicide after being spurned by his fiancee, Angela Molina. Castel's mother, Emmanuel… (more)

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