Italy is cleaved by Eluana Englaro’s drama, who will die after seventeen years spent in a vegetative state. This national tragedy will touch and transform various characters, each of them having their own ideology and beliefs.
A senator is struggling with his vote on a law he profoundly disagrees with, torn between his conscience and his loyalty towards the leaders of his party. His daughter Maria, a pro-life activist, is protesting in front of the clinic where Eluana is hospitalized. Roberto and his brother are there in opposition, demonstrating for stronger secular values – yet it is with Roberto, the “enemy”, that Maria falls in love.
Elsewhere, a famous actress turns to faith and miracle-cures in hopes of bringing her daughter out of an irreversible coma she’s been in for years, thus neglecting Federico, her beloved son who longs for his mother’s love.
And finally, there is Rossa, lost in despair and determined to die, but whom a young doctor named Pallido strives with all his might to save from suicide. Beyond all expectations, he succeeds in reawakening the young woman to life.
These converging stories are connected by a unique emotional thread: a reflection on the meaning of life.
Story: Marco Bellocchio
Screenplay: Marco Bellocchio, Veronica Raimo, Stefano Rulli
Casting Director: Stefania De Santis
Director Of Photography: Daniele Cipri’
Editor: Francesca Calvelli
Set Designer: Marco Dentici
Costume Designer: Sergio Ballo
Sound: Gaetano Carito
Assistant Director: Lucilla Cristaldi
Music: Carlo Crivelli
Line Producer: Antonella Iovino
Co-producer: Fabio Conversi
Line Producer For Cattleya: Matteo De Laurentiis
Executive Producer: Francesca Longardi
Production: Cattleya with Rai Cinema in collaboration with Friuli Venezia Giulia Film Commission
Co-production with: Babe Films (France)
Produced By: Riccardo Tozzi, Giovanni Stabilini, Marco Chimenz
Italian Distribution: 01 Distribution