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Source: Catholic News Service

Heavy-breathing potboiler about a doctor (Sergio Castellitto) who's just learned that his daughter's been in a near-fatal motorcycle accident, and reminisces about a time 16 years earlier when his car broke down and he raped the young impoverished woman who let him use her phone (Penelope Cruz in an admirably intense performance), leading to an obsessively passionate and kinky relationship, even after his bourgeois wife (Claudia Gerini), who intuits the adulterous affair, learns she's pregnant. Castellitto directed this alternately sentimental and repellant adaptation of wife Margaret Mazzantini's best seller, though its high-caliber acting and artsy trappings can't erase the considerable sordidness of the plot even with its tacked-on "redemptive" ending, and a soul-searching protagonist who remains self-pityingly unsympathetic. In Italian. Subtitles. Rough and crude language, brutal sexual encounters, abortion, partial nudity, graphic operating room gore, and gratuitous scenes of bodily functions. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O -- morally offensive. Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America.

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