"As the son of a count, Giacomo Leopardi grows up with his two older siblings in Recanati at the beginning of the 19th century. It is a carefree time that he later remembers fondly. In his youth, he was supposed to be trained as a priest, but instead he studied the philosophical and literary works in his father's immense library. Soon he also begins to write poetry himself, and has found his vocation."
Marco Albini, outnow.ch, 05.09.2014
"When we first meet Leopardi, he is the hot-blooded son of the Italian nobility, the apple of his father's eye. He is being prepared for the priesthood, but that is not for him. He writes verses as if in a frenzy, talks incessantly, and questions everything ('He who doubts knows most'). Leopardi wants to break out of his parental home and see something of the world before it consumes him. The story takes him to 19th century Florence, where his career is hindered by the Catholic Church, and finally to Naples with its noise and colors. 'It's a city dominated by nature,' Leopardi explains. 'And I will finally be able to live it as it comes.'"
Xan Brooks, The Guardian, 01.09.2014
Contributors and additional information:
141 min. color. Digital HD. I/e
Director: Mario Martone
Screenplay: Mario Martone, Ippolita Di Majo
Cinematography: Renato Berta
Editing: Jacopo Quadri
Music: Sascha Ring
With: Elio Germano, Michele Riondino, Massimo Popolizio
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