Mothers Heart (1969)
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Mothers Heart 1969

Mothers Heart: Plot:The protagonist is a divorced mother (Carla Gravina, still best-known perhaps for playing the possessed lead in THE ANTICHRIST [1974]) of three who may or may not be a mute; were never actually told, but the fact remains that she doesnt utter a single word during the course of the film (and yet people around her seem to act as if awaiting her reply)! While the children are cared for by a cantankerous old maid, she works at a bookshop - however, the heroines also involved somehow with a group of revolutionaries. Incidentally, the kids are far more knowledgeable than their years (in the very opening scene, theyre engaged in ‘professional tattooing on each other!) - the eldest, in particular, is himself keen on politics and bio-chemistry (hes obsessed with firing a rocket); it was amusing but, at the same time, weird to hear him accuse his three year-old sibling of being a Communist (which the latter vehemently denies)! And it seems that the precociousness of Gravinas children is not an isolated case, either, as another mother seeking new reading material at the bookshop for her kid (who, she says, is over the traditional Childrens Classics such as “Treasure Island” and “Around The World In 80 Days”) is suggested De Sades “Justine” since its the story of a little orphan girl!

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