Category: feature
Director: Mario Martone
Country: Italy
Year: 2014
Length: 135'
Production Status: completed


Leopardi is a child prodigy who grows up under the relentless gaze of his father, in a house that is a library. His mind travels far but his home is a prison. While he reads about everything, the universe remains outside. In Europe, the world is changing, revolutions erupt, and Giacomo desperately searches for contact with the outside world. At the age of twenty-four, when he finally leaves Recanati, Italy''s high society opens its doors to him, but our rebel does not fit in. In Florence, he becomes entangled in a love triangle between Antonio Ranieri, the Neapolitan friend with whom he shares a house in the bohemian fashion, and the beautiful Fanny. In the end, he moves to Naples with Ranieri, where he becomes immersed in the desperate and vital spectacle of the working-class city. A cholera epidemic breaks out: Giacomo and Ranieri complete the last leg of their long journey, to reach a villa immersed in the countryside at the foot of Mt. Vesuvius.

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