The Friuli-Venezia Giulia area within the north-east of Italy within the yr 1900 is a spot nonetheless rooted in enchantment and superstition, coexisting with the heady affect of Catholicism. Pregnant for the primary time, Agata (Celeste Cescutti) performs a ritual blood-letting into the tidal water that surrounds and nurtures her seaside village group, within the perception that it’ll defend her from misfortune. However tragedy strikes anyway, and Agata’s baby is stillborn. In opposition to the needs of her husband, Agata units out on a journey cross nation within the hope that she will be able to save her baby’s soul from purgatory.
With its color palette of mossy greens, terracotta and earth tones, and its matter-of-fact method to themes of folklore and mysticism, this beautiful first function from Italian director Laura Samani is as enchanting as it’s uncommon. There’s a kinship, maybe, with the work of Samani’s compatriot Alice Rohrwacher (Happy as Lazzaro, The Wonders), however Samani’s voice is distinctive and particular person.