This Venice Film Festival winning film from director Edoardo De Angelis is a must see.
Saturday September 17 at 5:15 pm.
Eighteen-year-old conjoined twins Dasy and Viola (twins Angela and Marianna Fontana) have been supporting their family ever since Papà figured out they could sing, and he and Mamma couldn’t have been wasting the girls’ hard-earned money any more efficiently if that’s what they’d set out to do. The beautiful girls have singing voices to match, and can earn as much as 80,000€ a year performing at weddings and first holy communions; the fact that they are part pop stars and part side-show geeks make them all the more marketable.
But when a doctor tells them that there is no reason that they shouldn’t have been separated at birth (and should be separated now), growing desires for independent living explode. Dad decides he’d better get the Genie back in the bottle; but can he?
De Angelis has packed a lot into this family drama and has done a splendid job formulating a narrative that while, completely unusual, is absolutely identifiable for anyone who has ever grown to adulthood. We all go through it, separating ourselves from our childhood homes, our parents, and our siblings. Of course it’s easier for some of us than others, and the sisters find themselves in different states of readiness to claim autonomy. We don’t have to be physically conjoined or the family breadwinner to feel guilty for abandoning our childhoods, but how willing are any of us to accept the pain that comes with it?