Cinema: A God Descends

Arturo's Island. It's a wise child knows its own father in the best of families, and Arturo's family is plainly not the best. His mother died when he was born, and his father (Reginald Kernan) is a showy-shabby bird of passage who comes home to roost a couple of times a year. The boy (Vanni de Maigret), who is 15, lives all alone in a crumbling villa on a small Italian island, and in his innocence and need for an ideal imagines his old man as a far-wandering Odysseus, as a god whose advent must continually be implored. But when the...

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