La Luna
La Luna (1979)

The tumultuous life of a troubled teen is examined in this controversial film from Bernardo Bertolucci. Joe, the boy in question, has been spoiled and is in dire need of a strong father figure. His stepfather Douglas, who believes that he… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: September 30, 1979
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Critic Score: 55% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Bilge Ebiri
Village Voice

Luna seduces and repels you at the same time. It's a film about the silences and cruelties between people, but it explodes with color, music, and movement.

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Chris Auty
Time Out

Ravishing to look at, but the movie's real curiosity is the way it fails to reverse Bertolucci's usual preoccupations.

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Gilbert Adair
Sight and Sound

In elegance, rapidity of execution and perfection of expression, Bertolucci is the cinema's Stendhal.

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Richard Brody
New Yorker

Channelling a Viscontian elegance, Bernardo Bertolucci probes the allure of bourgeois excess to its core of perverse desire-and ultimately suggests that it's made of frustrated dreams of normalcy.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Did a little bird try to warn Bertolucci that this material was, to put it kindly, two bricks short of a load?

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TV Guide

Bernardo Bertolucci's excessive look into the life of a troubled teenager created quite a stir upon its original release.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Loud, vulgar, and frequently obnoxious, the film nevertheless has a perfect integrity in its excesses. This is filmmaking from the groin, unabashed and unrestrained.

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Variety Staff
Variety

La Luna is a spectacle-sized melodrama filled with a variety of themes -- plots and subplots that merge asymmetrically into a melodramatic mold.

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Simon Foster
sbs.com.au

La luna may not be the masterpiece all involved had intended it to be, but it is unlikely you will have the opportunity to experience a film so brazenly rich and ambitious from today's filmmakers.

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
Very long at over 2 hours, but is so beautifully done it does not out stay it's welcome. This film deals with very damaged people and it won't be for… More