When 12-year-old Renato (Giuseppe Sulfaro) catches a glimpse of beautiful new bride Malèna (Monica Bellucci), his heart skips a beat. But when jealous town busybodies begin spreading vile rumors about her, Renato must incorporate those falsehoods with what he knows to be true. Writer-director Giuseppe Tornatore helms this coming-of-age story -- set in Sicily during World War II -- which exposes the effect waggish gossip can have.

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