Cinema: Wild Child

PADRE PADRONE

Directed and Written by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani

It is a weird but persistent paradox: some brilliant movies are sheer torture to sit through. Such is the case with Padre Padrone, the Italian television film that last spring became the first movie ever to win both the grand prize and the international critics' prize at the Cannes Festival. Padre Padrone has undeniable merits; it tells a fascinating true-life story in an innovative style. Yet somehow it never makes us care passionately about its people or its subject. Though there is reason to...

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