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(en) Italy, Sicilia Libertaria, Nov. 23: Sciruccazzu - The little mouse by Paola Cortellesi (ca, de, it, pt, tr)[machine translation]

Date Wed, 29 Nov 2023 09:53:08 +0200

We went to the cinema attracted by the great things said about this first film as director by the talented Paola Cortellesi "There's Still Tomorrow". And indeed 99.9% of the film did not fall short of expectations. The story is that of a family with the dominant and violent male, the slave and abused wife who tries to defend herself by cultivating a well-simulated revenge. We are in a Rome still wounded by the war and occupied by the marines, on the eve of 2 June 1946, when women were allowed to vote in political elections for the first time. ---- So what does our Paola do? After having scripted a mountain of violence against women and having prepared the spectator for the imminent act of rupture of the protagonist (Paola herself), here she gives birth to the little mouse: the protagonist-victim does not abandon her husband; she does not run away with her true love; she doesn't choose freedom over oppression, but she... goes to vote! And this is presented to us with tear-jerking emphasis as the liberating act of this unfortunate woman among many.

As if 80 years of violence against women hadn't passed; of Christian Democracy followed by a worse Forza Italia; of dominant clericalism; of abortion and other achievements blocked by deliberately ambiguous laws; of record feminicides; of wars and civilian victims in which Italy participates with militaristic pride. As if we didn't have a reactionary, patriarchal and clerical-fascist fascist-League government.

Have women liberated themselves with the right to vote? At the beginning of the 20th century, Emma Goldman warned the suffragettes not to fall into the electoral trap: the men failed, why should the women succeed? Isn't it still a question of continuing to delegate one's life to a government?

That's why the film was such a disappointment; even stronger because it spreads the electoralist illusion at the moment of maximum decline of the democratic voting practice and of an increasingly shameful violent practice, physical and moral, towards women and every gender that does not conform to the catho-patriarchal doctrine.

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