Ciambra
14 December 2017

LEI

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LEI

LEI

LEI

original title:

LEI

directed by:

cinematography:

set design:

costume design:

country:

Italy

year:

2002

film run:

105'

format:

35mm - colour

aspect ratio:

1:1.66

sound:

Mono

festival & awards:

A movie with only female characters that alternate as rays of a sunburst in an all-women constellation. There is Graça who goes melancholy through the streets of São Paulo, Brazil. In Turin Carla, the city’s first woman taxi driver tells about her life.
Images of different wives brought to us by Teresa, a Portuguese director who works between São Paulo and Milan on her work about a woman.
Meanwhile in Southern Italy Lula is going about her business by herself, but first she has hollered her refusal at her husband. Violetta-Margherita sings about the condition of Traviata and of the victim-predator nature of love according to Verdi, while Viviana, a new Traviata, leaves the house with decisive steps and changes clothes in the taxi for her daily adventure. In parallel Ella – Josef in the South brings us her drama of misfortune. Nor could Cleopatra, a singular apparition, be far off: she is the only one accompanied by a man, Antonio, according to Shakespeare revisited. In the end, among others, they put on Euripide’s Andromaca again, the Trojan woman a prisoner of the triumphant Greeks. But there is Antonella, a new lei whose first determination is to lay claim to her sexual identity and the right to exist as a person.