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by Federico Bondi


Angela, a young Romanian who leaves her husband and her country to go to Italy to earn some money, is looking after Gemma, an elderly invalid. The latter has limited mobility, suffers constantly in her joints and from numerous problems due to her old age. Querulous and quick-tempered, she finds Angela’s presence difficult to deal with. Incapable however of managing alone, she is forced to accept assistance, as the only other option is an old people’s home. The recent death of Gemma’s husband Nedo adds to her pain, making her all the more capricious and aggressive. The days go by, and Angela does the shopping, cooking, cleaning. Despite the widow’s difficult personality, she manages to remain calm and sweet-tempered. Over the weeks, the women learn how to live together and bear with one another, even discovering they have several things in common.

international title: Black Sea
original title: Mar Nero
country: Italy, Romania, France
sales agent: Intramovies
year: 2008
genre: fiction
directed by: Federico Bondi
film run: 90'
release date: IT 30/01/2009
screenplay: Federico Bondi
cast: Ilaria Occhini, Dorotheea Petre, Vlad Ivanov, Maia Morgenstern, Corso Salani, Alessandra Bedino
cinematography by: Gigi Martinucci
film editing: Ilaria Fraioli
art director: Daniela Spisa
costumes designer: Alessandra Vadalà
music: Enzo Casucci
producer: Francesco Pamphili, Giorgia Priolo, Ada Solomon
production: Film Kairòs, Hi Film Productions, RAI Cinema, Manigolda Film
distributor: Film Kairos
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