Country: Italy
Year: 2000
Duration: 90'

Sicily, the 1940s. Leone, an alcoholic blacksmith who has been abandoned by his wife, who is known as the “viper,” raises his eleven-year-old daughter Rosetta. In town, the former fascist party official Guastamacchia re-invents himself as a communist and rapes Rosetta during the celebrations of the Liberation. When the girl discovers she is pregnant, Guastamacchia spreads gossip that Leone committed incest; the blacksmith dies soon afterward. After the baby is born, Rosetta is sent to a reformatory and her baby is taken away from her. Years later, she sets off in search of her child, but not before having found the “viper” as well...

Digitalized by CSC - Cineteca Nazionale.


film director

Sergio Citti


& Credits

DIRECTOR: Sergio Citti. STORY, SCREENPLAY: Vincenzo Cerami, Sergio Citti. CINEMATOGRAPHY: Blasco Giurato. EDITING: Ugo De Rossi. PRODUCTION DESIGN: Andrea Crisanti. COSTUMES: Alberto Verso. MUSIC: Nicola Piovani. CAST: Harvey Keitel, Giancarlo Giannini, Elide Melli, Larissa Volpentesta, Annalisa Schettino, Rosario Ainnusa, Paolo Pini, Goffredo Fofi, Maria Rosa Sapienza, Olimpia Carlisi, Nadia Carlomagno, Michele Lo Foco. PRODUCTION: Cosmo Production, RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana, Rai Cinema.