La Chimera


Isabella Rossellini, Josh O’Connor, Alba Rohrwacher, Carol Duarte,

There is a captivating, joyous pulse that bubbles throughout Alice Rohrwacher’s marvelous fantasy-comedy on the themes of love, loss, and . . . Etruscan antiquities. It’s the 1980s; it’s Tuscany. A lanky Englishman in a grubby white suit (a knock-your-socks-off performance by Josh O’Connor) shows up in a small town after a stint in prison, shacking up in a nearby shantytown. This is Arthur, an archaeological scholar who moonlights as the lynchpin of a rascally, exuberantly colorful gang of grave robbers scavenging for ancient artifacts—which Arthur locates using a dowsing rod. He also desperately yearns to reunite with his beloved Beniamina, daughter of a local aristocrat (the marvelous Isabella Rossellini), his quest for lost love as much spiritual as actual. 

Zoë Elton
  • Alice Rohrwacher
  • Hélène Louvart
  • Italian
  • English
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • Color
  • DCP
  • 133 mins
  • Mill Valley Film Festival

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