Thursday, 22 January 2009

Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Kefalonia (Cephalonia)

Captain Corelli's Mandolin is a 2001 film directed by John Madden and based on the novel of the same name by Louis de Bernières. It stars Nicolas Cage and Penélope Cruz.

The idyllic beauty of Greece's Mediterranean islands has been invaded by Italy, bringing legions of soldiers to the once tranquil island of Cephallonia

In the beautiful island of Cephalonia, the doctor’s daughter, Pelagia is engaged with one young fisherman, Mandras. When the Italians in 1941 occupy the island, the fisherman enters in the Resistance while the house of the doctor is ordained in order to stay there Captain Antolio Corelli. Corelli is a civilized man, cheerful; he loves music and deals more with his mandolin and with his own opera representations, despite the war. The Captain shortly falls in love the 18 years old Pelagia. Her beauty and intelligence have captured his heart and his fondness for the village's vibrant community causes him to question his reasons for fighting. Antonio becomes a part of the lives of the villagers, but the moment is fleeting.

While in the beginning she shows she dislikes him, progressively she falls in love with him too. As the war grows ever closer, Antonio and Pelagia are forced to choose between their allegiance to their countries and the love they feel for one another-a love which must overcome tremendous odds, and endure the inevitable sacrifice which accompanies eternal devotion.

Things in the time become more complicated as the Germans occupy the island in September 1943, slaughter the Italians, and the war presents its real, unpleasant side. Can love survive beyond troubles and ferocities? When all do finish, what will have remained beyond the indelible marks of war in the human soul?

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