Title: Malicious
Original title: Malizia
Release year: 1973
Country: Italy
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director: Salvatore Samperi
Stars: Laura Antonelli, Turi Ferro, Alessandro Momo
Rating: 3/5

A widower and two of his sons become infatuated with their beautiful housekeeper, and all three set out to seduce her using their own unique methods.

Malizia 2000
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A Sicilian Serenade: Malicious (1973)


“Malicious,” or “Malizia” in its original Italian, is a comedic exploration of desire and family dynamics set against the backdrop of a secluded Sicilian household. The story follows a recent widower (Turi Ferro) whose grief is interrupted by the arrival of a stunning new housekeeper, Angela (Laura Antonelli). Adding a layer of complexity, Angela soon finds herself the object of affection not only for the widower but also for two of his sons, each with their own “unique methods” of seduction.

The film leans heavily on its comedic aspects. The awkward attempts of the widower and the teenage antics of the younger son provide most of the laughs. However, there’s an undercurrent of drama simmering beneath the surface. Angela’s position as an employee makes her vulnerable to manipulation, particularly from the eldest son (Alessandro Momo) who resorts to blackmail.

While the cinematography is beautiful, capturing the sun-drenched Sicilian landscape, the film’s pacing can feel uneven at times. The comedic elements, though amusing, can feel repetitive. Additionally, the portrayal of sexual harassment, particularly towards Angela, might feel outdated to modern audiences.

“Malicious” is an interesting look at a specific time and place, offering a glimpse into Sicilian family life and societal mores. Laura Antonelli shines as Angela, but the humor might not resonate with everyone. For those seeking a lighthearted romp with a touch of drama, “Malicious” might provide some amusement. But overall, the film doesn’t quite live up to its title.

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