Fists in the PocketFists in the Pocket

by Marco Bellocchio

Fists in the Pocket

Synopsis

Four siblings live with their blind mother in a villa in the Apennine Mountains in the Italian region of Emilia: Leone is mentally retarded; Alessandro suffers from epilepsy and has vivid dreams; Giulia is seemingly normal, but is in fact attracted to her brother, Augusto. He is the only one in the family who leads a normal life, has a job and a girlfriend. Alessandro decides to free Augusto of the "abnormal" part of the family by driving them all off a cliff. He cannot bring himself to do it at first, but then kills his mother by pushing her over a cliff edge. He tries to start a normal life outside the family home, but then kills Leone as well. His sister, torn between admiration and fear of him, is semi-paralyzed after falling from the stairs and Alessandro is tempted to kill her. While he listening to La traviata, enraptured, he has a strong epileptic fit and calls for help, but Giulia lets him die.

Director

SELECTED FILMOGRAPHY:

2012 DORMANT BEAUTY
2010 SORELLE MAI
2009 VINCERE
2006 SORELLE
2006 THE WEDDING DIRECTOR
2003 GOOD MORNING, NIGHT
2002 MY MOTHER'S SMILE
1999 THE NANNY
1997 THE PRINCE OF HOMBURG
1994 IL SOGNO DELLA FARFALLA
1991 THE CONVICTION
1988 SABBA - DIE HEXE
1986 DEVIL IN THE FLESH
1984 HENRY IV
1982 THE EYES, THE MOUTH
1980 VACATION IN VAL TREBBIA
1980 A LEAP IN THE DARK
1977 IL GABBIANO
1976 VICTORY MARCH
1972 KNALLT DAS MONSTER AUF DIE TITELSEITE
1971 IM NAMEN DES VATERS
1969 LIEBE UND ZORN (SEGMENT "DISCUTIAMO, DISCUTIAMO")
1967 CHINA IST NAHE
1965 FISTS IN THE POCKET
1962 GINEPRO FATTO UOMO

 

Cast

Alessandro - Lou Castel
Giulia - Paola Pitagora
Augusto - Marino Masè
Mother - Liliana Gerace
Leone - Pier Luigi Troglio
Lucia - Jennie MacNeil

Crew

Directed and written by Marco Bellocchio
Produced by Enzo Doria for Doria Cinematografica
Director of photography Alberto Marrama
Edited by Aurelio Mangiarotti [Silvano Agosti]
Production designer Rosa Sala
Costumes Gisella Longo
Music Ennio Morricone

Technical Data

Format: DCP 4K / black & white
Length: 105 min.
Original language: Italian

ORIGINAL TITLE: Pugni in Tasca

 

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