Direct by: FRANCO BATTIATO | Release date: 2003 | Genre: Dramatic | Running time: 100 minutes
Ettore is a child, in the 1950s, in Sicily in a bourgeois family where his father systematically betrays his mother. Hector is divided between the games and the teachings of an aristocratic educator, a fundamental figure in history because he introduces the boy into the world of culture. After his father’s death, Ettore moved to Milan. He plays and finds pleasure also in writing and in the Lombard capital, the young man makes important meetings for his complete maturation, through the various forms of Art, philosophy and meditation that he approaches to find himself. The story of the protagonist (of course the director’s autobiography) is the leading film, but the character of Ettore is not forced on the scene, but leaves room for the atmospheres (South and North of the country), places, characters -guide of his inner path. So many quotes, so many surreal gags and parody for a tale that follows the thoughts, memories, emotions of the narrator.
To the strains of “the Mattheus Passion” of J.S Bach, the protagonist Ettore Corvaja goes to the Mass as every Sunday.
The Church shown on the background is the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore in Ispica. In the first part of the movie Ettore’s childhood and adolescence in Sicily are slowly recalled, he grew up with an absent father and thanks to the teaching of an educated aristocrat, the baron Pasini, who becomes his master and guardian.