The Man Who Will Come | Chicago Reader

The Man Who Will Come

Tasteful historical dramas about World War II atrocities are always a good bet at awards time. A case in point is this 2009 Italian drama about the Nazi massacre of several hundred civilians in the village of Marzabotto, south of Bologna, in September 1944. Like Rene Clement's Forbidden Games (1952) and Victor Erice's The Spirit of the Beehive (1973), the movie looks at war from the perspective of a withdrawn little girl, and director Giorgio Diritti gets effective performances from his child actors. (The adults aren't bad either.) Ultimately the movie collapses under its own false piety, but it still walked away with the best picture prize at Italy's David di Donatello Awards. In Italian with subtitles.

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