Film review: Baarìa

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Baarìa (15) ** Directed by: Giuseppe Tornatore Starring: Francesco Scianna, Margareth Madè, Gaetano Aronica

WITH dazzling, subversive epics such as Il Divo and Gomorrah giving Italian cinema a much needed shot in the arm, one might have hoped for veteran Cinema Paradiso director Giuseppe Tornatore to respond in kind with a similarly energised new movie.

Alas, his latest is all sweep, no substance. Seeking to refract Italy's troubled 20th-century history through the prism of a Sicilian shepherd's son and the life he builds for himself with the girl he eventually marries, Baara – the Sicilian name for Tornatore's home town of Bagheria – is an overblown indulgence that never soars the way its magical realist flourishes suggest it should.

The opening scene of a little boy taking flight as he runs along the streets of Palermo quickly gives way to a dramatically inert story that follows main character Peppino (Francesco Scianna) from his impoverished boyhood in the 1930s and his wartime aversion to Mussolini and the Mafia, through to his marriage to Mannina (Margareth Mad) and his later efforts to balance life as a family man with his political aspirations in the Italian Communist Party.

Along the way, Tornatore fills the frame with lachrymose images of Italy that the country's new guard of filmmakers have gone out of their way to ditch.

Cast Cows (68) - averaged 92.48p to 125.4p per kg and 915 Forward cattle (26) - averaged 128.2p to 136.6p per kg and 985.

STIRLING - Caledonian Marts sold 167 live prime cattle including young bulls and OTM clean and 72 cast cows and bulls. Bullocks (62) averaged 156p per kg and sold to 186.5p per kg, 605kg Charolais, Easter Auchtermuthill farm, Muthill or to 1246 per head for 690kgs Paddockhall, Linlithgow. Heifers (64) averaged 167p per kg and sold to 187.5p per kg (twice) heavy Limousin crosses Clatto Farm, Kennoway and Easter Auchtermuthill farm. Butchers cattle (36) averaged 175p per kg and sold to 185.5p per kg Nether Longford farm, West Calder. Young bulls (24) sold to 160.5p per kg 640lg Limousin, Mains of Throsk, Stirling or to 1157 per head for 730kgs Easterton farm, Kirkintilloch. OTM clean (16) sold to 160.5p per kg or 1132 per head Mains of Throsk.

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