Pulce non c'è
Monica Zapelli, from the novel by Gaia Rayneri with the same title
35mm - colour
"Pulce" is nine years old, has bright eyes filled with wonder, and listens only to tango. She does not speak because she is autistic, but this does not mean that she has nothing to say. One day, like any other, she is taken away from the family without much explanation. Her father must face a terrible accusation.
Through the vital, candid gaze of Pulce's teenage sister, Giovanna, we are led into the everyday lives of an abnormal family. We learn their special language created to reach out to someone who speaks only in images. We are plunged into a family's chaos that is yet so filled with urgency and love. Without rhetoric or pathos, we explore the confrontation between the world of adults and the world of children, between illness and normality, between institutional rigidity and human tenderness.
And, we share all of Giovanna's teenage astonishment as she discovers the world of adults, the awakening of her own body, and that strange and indefinable mystery of life called love.