Sicilian Ghost Story

This Italian drama is based on the harrowing true story of a 13-year-old boy kidnapped by Mafia figures in the 1990s and held captive for two years to prevent his father, another mafioso, from testifying against them in court. Strangely, directors Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza play down the criminal aspect of the story and focus instead on the curious, almost supernatural connection between the teen and his girlfriend, who appear to each other in dreams and visions during his imprisonment. Careful camera movement, distorting wide-angle lenses, and a hyperfocused sound design all contribute to the mysterious atmosphere, and Julia Jedlikowska gives a heartbreaking performance as the girl, who suffers the bittersweet ache of young love. In Italian with subtitles.