Plagued by the memory of a traumatic homosexual
experience during his childhood, a sexually inhibited young man tries to conform to the changing face of fascist Italy under Mussolini's regime, but finds himself out of his depth
when he becomes an informant.
This multi-layered, psychologically confusing
drama from Bernardo Bertolucci makes a provocative connection between repressed sexual desires and political views, addressing the duality of sexual and political
The heavy-going narrative won't be easily digested
by everyone, since there is a lot to mull over in your mind, but it's a wonderfully crafted piece of work with the period marvellously captured by cinematographer Vittorio