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Italy, France · 2009
2h 8m
Director Marco Bellocchio
Starring Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Filippo Timi, Corrado Invernizzi, Fausto Russo Alesi
Genre Drama, History

A chronicle of the tragic life of Benito Mussollini’s first wife Ida Dalser, beginning in 1907 and ending with her death in 1937, with her institutionalized for insisting she is really Mussollini’s wife. Her marriage and child with Mussolini were kept under wraps by the fascist government.

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The Hollywood Reporter by

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


The New Yorker by David Denby

Bellocchio gets the opera-buffa and the carnival side of Italian Fascism, and parts of the movie are excruciatingly funny.


New York Daily News by Joe Neumaier

There’s visual poetry here and haunted performances from Mezzogiorno and Timi -- who plays two roles, and is especially gripping as Dalser’s grown son.


Time Out by Joshua Rothkopf

Almost as an afterthought to the ringingly true performances--and Marco Bellocchio’s unusually approachable direction--comes a deft analysis of fascism, likened to lovesickness, insanity and a gust of orchestral strings. It’s all of that and more, not to mention a lousy matchmaker.


The A.V. Club by Noel Murray

Vincere starts to run dry of stunning visual gambits and become redundant in its second hour, as the madhouse sequences dominate, but Bellocchio’s central premise retains its power and poignancy throughout.


Boxoffice Magazine by Steve Ramos

Forty-four years after his exciting debut feature "Fists in the Pocket," Italian filmmaker Marco Bellocchio continues his late-career renaissance with the passionate, beautifully crafted, period melodrama Vincere.


New York Post by V.A. Musetto

Daniele Cipri's highly stylized lensing and Carlo Crivelli's bold score add to the movie's flamboyant aura. But then, the story of a bombastic dictator deserves a bombastic telling.

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