• Vincere (2010)


Release Date: March 19th, 2010

Not Yet Rated |2 hr 8 min

Plot Summary

Inspired by the life of Benito Mussolini's first wife, Ida Dalser (Giovanna Mezzogiorno), the film tells the story of tragic love amidst the tides of war. Ida, taken by the young and unemployed Benito (Filippo Timi), marries him and soon has his child. The two are separated at the outbreak of World War I, and Benito remarries. When Ida finds out, she tries to assert her place in his life, but the fascists are less than willing to tarnish the image of the man who is now a dictator.

Cast: Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Filippo Timi, Corrado Invernizzi, Fausto Russo Alesi, Michela Cescon, Pier Giorgio Bellocchio, Paolo Pierobon, Bruno Cariello

Director: Marco Bellocchio

Genres: Historical drama , Biography

Production Co: Rai Cinema

Keywords: Wife, Love, 1930s, 1940s, Emotional, Revenge, Sacrifice, Dark, Son, Fall

Ratings & Reviews

  • 95
    Ella TaylorNPR

    Vincere, which comes as close to grand opera as can be achieved without anyone actually bursting into song, feels like a big movie -- handsomely mounted, full of dark shadows counterpointed with stray shafts of light, with dramatic close-ups of faces driven by passion and madness and heavy silences brutally interrupted by clashing tympani. show more

  • 80
    The Hollywood Reporter

    The director also pulls career-high performances from Mezzogiorno and Timi that are, respectively, tragic and mesmerizing. show more

  • 100
    Wesley MorrisBoston Globe

    Setting aside, just for a moment, his general loathsomeness, there is a case to be made for a less apparent aspect of Benito Mussolini: He was once really hot. show more

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