The Sleeping Beauty (movie, 2012)

Sleeping Beauty (original title in Italian : Bella addormentata ) is a drama Italo – French co-written and directed by Marco Bellocchio and released in 2012 . It is presentedAt the Venice Film Festival .


At the beginning of February 2009, Italy split over the case of Eluana Englaro , who has been in a coma for seventeen years and whose medical assistance has been stopped for a few hours. His family is fighting for his euthanasia against the judicial, religious and political authorities. In this context, three women live in a similar situation where family members will have to face heavy choices. Senator Uliano Beffardi of the Partito del Popolo has his wife in palliative care and is opposed to the instructions of his party and is about to vote against the draft law on the end of life presented urgently in the Senate by Silvio Berlusconi , Falling back on his colleagues and his daughter, Maria, who prays in front of the clinic “La Quiete” of Udine where Eluana lives its last hours of agony. A former actress, “Divina madre”, bourgeois and deeply believing – or playing the role of being – has sacrificed her career and her family to the care of her young daughter who has been in a vegetative state for months. Rossa, an addict, is hospitalized during a crisis of lack and commits within the walls of the hospital an umpteenth attempt of suicide. She is taken in charge by Dr. Pallido who, without clear explanation but pushed by a personal mission, takes care of watching the young woman.


  • Alba Rohrwacher : Maria Beffardi
  • Toni Servillo : Uliano Beffardi
  • Isabelle Huppert : “Divina madre”
  • Pier Giorgio Bellocchio : Doctor Pallido
  • Maya Sansa : Rossa
  • Michele Riondino : Roberto
  • Fabrizio Falco : Pipino
  • Gianmarco Tognazzi : the husband of “Divina madre”
  • Brenno Placido : Federico, the son of “Divina madre”
  • Roberto Herlitzka : the psychiatrist senator
  • Gigio Morra : the “persuasive” senator
  • Federica Fracassi :
  • Antonio De Matteo : the young doctor “bettor”
  • Vittoria Piancastelli :

Data sheet

  • French title: La Belle Endormie
  • Original title: Bella addormentata
  • Directed by: Marco Bellocchio
  • Screenplay : Marco Bellocchio , Veronica Raimo and Stefano Rulli
  • Decors: Marco Dentici
  • Costumes: Sergio Ballo
  • Photography: Daniele Ciprì
  • Sound: Gaetano Carito
  • Editing: Francesca Calvelli
  • Music: Carlo Crivelli
  • Production: Riccardo Tozzi
  • Production company: Babe Films, Cattleya and Rai Cinema
  • Distribution company: 01 Distribution (Italy)
  • Country of origin: Italy / France
  • Language: English
  • Format: Colors – 35 mm – 2.35: 1 – Dolby Digital Sound
  • Genre: Action / Adventure
  • Duration:
  • Release dates
    •  Italy : August 2012 ( Venice Film Festival 2012 )
    •  Italy :
    •  France :

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This work by Marco Bellocchio is directly inspired by the case of Eluana Englaro , a young woman plunged into a coma for many years after a car accident dating back to 1992. In February 2009, Italy is divided into two camps, In the courts, in the newspapers, but also in civil and religious society – on the maintenance or not of medical assistance on this person in a vegetative state. For the director, it was the courage of the father, Bepino Englaro, who was the trigger for writing the screenplay and making the film made three years after the death of Eluana 1 , 2 .

The film is presented in competition on at the 69 th Venice Film Festival 1 .



  • Mostra of Venice 2012 :
    • Prix ​​Marcello-Mastroianni at Fabrizio Falco
    • Premium Cinema Talent at Michele Riondino
    • Prix ​​Brian to Marco Bellocchio

Nominations and Selections

  • Los Angeles Film Festival 2013
  • Vancouver International Film Festival 2013

Critical Reception

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Notes and references

  1. a and b Marco Bellocchio: “Italy is cynical and depressed” [ archive ] by Aureliano Tonet in Le Monde on September 7, 2012.
  2. ↑ Overcoming Death [ archive ] by Enrique Seknadje, on the Eclipses website on April 15, 2013.