Maladolescenza (1977) [Re-UP]

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Maladolescenza (1977) [Re-UP]

Maladolescenza (1977)
DVD5 | VIDEO_TS | PAL 16:9 | Cover | 01:30:59 | 4,44 Gb
Audio: #1 German, #2 Italian, #3 Russian - each AC3 2.0 @ 192 Kbps | Subs: English
Genre: Art-house, Drama, Romance

Director: Pier Giuseppe Murgia
Stars: Lara Wendel, Eva Ionesco, Martin Loeb

A teen boy grows from playing and fighting with his German-shepherd dog, to playing kids and adult games with two equally young girls, in a dream-like forest which eventually turns eerie, and somber.

Normally depicting the kind of cruelty that children are capable of is limited to works of fantasy such as William Golding's Lord of the Flies. Maladolescenza, a German-Italian production from 1977, however, deals with it in a way that is powerfully real – showing in graphic terms adolescent bullying and use of sex as an instrument of domination. Because of its depictions of children in sexual situations, however, it has been banned in many countries, most recently in Germany in 2006. While I'm not entirely clear about the purpose and intent of the director, I did not find it to be any more salacious than the films of Larry Clark and even more beautifully realized and honest. Please be advised, however, that Maladolescenza is a very disturbing film and is not recommended for those offended by cruelty to animals (in this case – a bird) or children presented in the nude and in threatening situations.

Maladolescenza (1977) [Re-UP]

Set to an original score by Pippo Caruso based on medieval songs and dances, the film takes place in a brooding forest that holds the ruins of an ancient city. There are only three actors in the film and they deliver memorable performances. Two adolescents, Fabrizio (Martin Loeb) and Laura (Lara Wendel), live close to the edge of the forest and spend their summer holidays playing together as they have for many years. 12-year old Laura is in love with Fabrizio and teases him sexually but he responds only by taunting and frightening her. Like most bullies, however, he knows just when to let up in order to reassure his victim and give her a false sense of security. When the two discover the mysterious old city, Fabrizio declares himself to be king, but in order for Laura to be queen, she must first be able to win the cruel tests he has devised.

Maladolescenza (1977) [Re-UP]

Among these are having a snake thrown on top of you as you lay on the ground and being chased by a snarling dog through the woods. Laura, like many willing victims, proclaims her trust in Fabrizio in spite of his sadism and his killing of her pet bird. When they at last make love together, however, it is done with tenderness and the film shows Fabrizio as good hearted when it suits his own purposes. When a new 13-year old girl, Sylvia (Eva Ionesco), joins the group on the invitation of two friends, things do not work to Laura's advantage. Sylvia, unlike Laura, is manipulative and cold and soon she and Fabrizio join forces to humiliate and frighten Laura, at one time compelling her to run through the woods while they shoot bows and arrows at her while wearing terrifying masks.

Maladolescenza (1977) [Re-UP]

Realizing that Fabrizio and Sylvia have fallen for each other, Laura heartbreakingly begins to dress and act like Sylvia to win back Fabrizio's affection but without success. As the summer nears an end, Fabrizio is determined that Sylvia will never leave him alone and the result is a senseless tragedy that could have been easily averted. Although the setting is idyllic, under the skillful direction of Pier Murgia, Maladolescenza maintains a constant atmosphere of impending threat. While the story can be seen as a metaphor for the confusing currents of puberty, it can also be interpreted as symbolic of the loss of innocence and the misdirection of sexual energy into avenues of power and domination, perhaps an underlying theme in the history of the Third Reich.
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Maladolescenza (1977) [Re-UP]

Young teenagers Fabrizio (Martin Loeb) and Laura (Lara Wendel) spend their summer holidays playing in the woods. Indulging a morbidly perverse streak, Fabrizio is prone to tying Laura to a tree so a snake can crawl along her body, or else has his vicious German Shepherd chase her through the forest. Nevertheless, Laura remains devoted and the pair take their first, fumbling steps towards sexual maturity, becoming lovers. However, Fabrizio becomes captivated by doll-like, blonde beauty Sylvia (Eva Ionesco) and invites her to join their sadistic games. They make Laura their maidservant, don animal masks and chase her with bows and arrows, and force her to watch them having sex. Inevitably, things come to a nasty end.

Maladolescenza (1977) [Re-UP]

Well, how did you spend your school holidays? If all this sounds quite sordid, perhaps it is to a certain extent, yet Maladolescenza is equally artful and unsettling. Writer-director Pier Giuseppe Murgia deliberately excludes the adult world as the forest becomes a dark fairytale setting for psychosexual angst. Like a number of European psychosexual dramas - and Larry Clark movies for that matter - this gets hysterically overwrought over its thesis that adolescence turns kids into monsters. It also betrays a certain bourgeois suspicion of sexual curiosity, blondes and kids in general, but conjures a surprisingly lyrical atmosphere of morbid romance, eroticism and horror.

Maladolescenza (1977) [Re-UP]

The explicit nudity and sex scenes come disturbingly close to child porn, although they serve the story and are portrayed in manner more darkly poetic than exploitative. Viewers might be more disturbed by the sight of a real bird being pierced by arrows when Sylvia and Fabrizio play target practice. It remains something of a mystery why these girls are drawn to Fabrizio (introduced asleep in darkness like a Caravaggio nude), since he comes across as a neurotically self-absorbed little twerp, prone to violent mood swings and hissy fits. He has some unintentionally funny outbursts, such as when he sets his dog on Laura, then scolds it for chasing her, then screams at Laura for making him yell at the animal. Both canine and girl look confused. Yet aspects of Fabrizio’s psychological cruelty ring true, even if we never really figure out what’s going on inside his head. Which may be appropriate as events become as confusing and troubled as adolescence itself.

Maladolescenza (1977) [Re-UP]

Of the three leads only Lara Wendel went on to any kind of career, appearing in Euro-horror fare like Rings of Darkness (1979), You’ll Die At Midnight (1985) and Dario Argento’s Tenebrae (1982), although Eva Ionesco is equally impressive as the preteen femme fatale.
Maladolescenza (1977) [Re-UP]

Special Features:
- Bonus Scene
- German Trailer
- German cinema beginning
- German cinema end
- Original promotional poster
- Banners and artwork

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