Molly Bloom

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Molly Bloom

original title:

Molly Bloom

directed by:


Chiara Caselli, from Ulysses by James Joyce



Enrica Gattolini

set design:

costume design:






film run:



DCP - colour


Ready (28/07/2016)

festivals & awards:

  • La Biennale di Venezia 2016: Orizzonti
  • Montreal Festival Scope 2016: Best of Venice Shorts
  • Da Venezia a Mosca 2017
  • Corti d'Argento 2017: Premio Speciale

It is the dead of night, Molly, in her bed, cannot get to sleep. Next to her face are the feet of her husband Leopold, who fell asleep upside-down and fully dressed. Molly’s voice, her irreverent, tragic, and childlike spirit, lead us on a journey through her life and the people who inhabit it, whether living or imaginary. Present time is, then, interwoven with a past that haunts her and a future that offers her what she feels she has lost forever... slowly dawn enters her room.

The film is a plunge into the heart, mind, and flesh of Molly, the protagonist of the final chapter of James Joyce’s Ulysses. Since I was a teenager, as I began to take photos, I have wished to depict interior life through images. My meeting with Molly also dates from that time. I saw her at the theater: an indelible meeting. In 2010 I began my journey into Molly’s mind and personality, with an adaptation, a scenic interpretation, a play. Molly was a body and words, and now the filmmaking has added her image. A natural and necessary development.