France, Italy | 2013 | 90 min
Language : Italian
Subtitles : English, French
Marginalised members of Italian society gather in a meeting and welcome centre. They have experienced drugs, prison and homelessness. Talking about their existence, singing and living life, they show that humanity is not lost. A visionary, poetic film referencing the masters of Italian cinema such as Pasolini and Bellocchio. A vibrant work that puts the sadness of the world to song.
After the collapse of their existence, people gather in a meeting and welcome centre. Among them comes a stranger. They call him Ulysse. He has experienced drugs, prison and homelessness. Then one day he leaves. No one knows where he has gone. From time to time, someone thinks they have seen him. Someone who knew him talks about him. Another has lived, is living, what Ulysse has lived. “Perhaps Ulysse is a character that they have invented to talk about what they are living through: about their return, improbable, dreamed of, to a second chance at life, where you have to tell yourself stories, through a film to be made, so as to exist. They are inventing stories, but they are not really there. Like the Homeric hero Ulysses, they are always between two stages of their life” (GC). The Italy that “does not exist” in media images – the cursed and forgotten Italy of the socially excluded – reveals itself in all its indecent innocence to Giovanni Cioni’s camera. Men and women sing, whisper and shout, showing that humanity is not lost. A visionary, poetic film referencing the documentary work of Pasolini and Bellocchio. A vibrant work that puts the sadness of the world to song.