The story in this film takes place in the winter of 1943. Martina is a small girl and she stopped talking when her infant brother died several years ago. Her family lives in a rural area of central Italy. Her mother is expecting another baby and Martina is waiting for the arrival of the baby. The war with Germany is moving closer and closer to their part of the country. Some of the men have formed partisan brigades. Martina’s baby brother is born and on the same day the German SS start a massive roundup of the civilians in this area. This effort became known as the Marzabotto event.
Greta Zuccheri Montanari does a very good job in her role as the silent Martina. You can tell what she is thinking by her expressions and behavior. She leads people to see what is happening since she cannot tell them. There are happy moments in this film but overall it is a very somber film. It did think the scenery is beautiful, the story and the acting are good. I had just recently watched another Italian film with Alba Rohrwacher directed by her sister Alice, The Wonders. 3 ½* (I liked this movie)
115 min, Drama directed by Giorgio Diritti with Greta Zuccheri Montanari, Caludio Casadio, Alba Rohrwacher, Maya Sansa, Vito, Bernardo Bolognesi, Stefano Croci, Zoello Gilli, Francesca Gnech.
Note: Imdb 7.5 out of 10, 80% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Amazon 4.3* out of 5* with 4 reviews.
Special Note: The title in Italian is L’uomo che verra. Filmed in Castel San Pietro Terme, Bologna, Emilia-Romagna; Colle di Val d”Elsa, Siena, Tuscany; Monte San Pietro, Bologna, Emilia-Romagna; Montingegnoli, Siena, Tuscany; Sovicille, Siena, Tuscany, Italy. The title is referring to the new baby brother of Martina. The director wanted to show this period in time and to show war from the perspective of a child.