"In Naples there is a series of mysterious murders. All the victims are members of the Camorra. The police first suspect the rival Camorra clans, but they themselves are gripped by fear. A group of women declare themselves responsible for these acts. In a male-dominated society where only profit and violence reign, suddenly women are using the most brutal means to put an end to the drug trade in the city."
"Lina Wertmüller's film tells of a city in turmoil, where a series of murders breaks all the rules, both written and unwritten. It tells of people who try to save what has long since become unsalvageable: a binding order. About policemen and gangsters who trust only their own rules and therefore hardly see through anything. Of Annunziata, who gets caught between all fronts and in the process builds up her own front. And of her child, who mistakes for play what has long since become deadly seriousness. The story tells of women who dare their last uprising: of mothers who defy the threat to their children from criminals by criminal means. Who kill before the drug kills further. (...) A 'complicated intrigue about women, streets and crime' is what Lina Wertmüller herself calls her film. But the streets play only a subordinate role, and the real crimes occur only marginally. The women alone drive the flow of events. They alone act, while the men - whether gangster or policeman - only ever puzzle and talk."
Norbert Grob, Die Zeit, 4.4.1986
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Italy/Dutch Antilles 1986.
115 min. color. 35 mm. I/d/f
Director: Lina Wertmüller
Screenplay: Elvio Porta, Lina Wertmüller
Cinematography: Giuseppe Lanci
Editing: Michael J. Duthie, Luigi Zitta
Music: Tony Esposito
With: Àngela Molina, Harvey Keitel, Isa Danieli
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