Sacred Heart (3 stars)

(15) 116min (Soda Pictures DVD Retail)

Ferzan Hamam: Turkish Bath Ozpetek's latest film plays a little like a combination of two much better, fairly recent Italian works which haven't received a wide release: The Spectator and Marco Bellocchio's My Mother's Smile (both available on DVD outside the UK), the first about a young woman in emotional crisis; the latter about the possibility of the miraculous within a family. Here Barbora Bobulova, who starred in The Spectator, plays another wounded soul, but this time out with money to burn. She's a young property developer who finds her conscience after befriending a little female street urchin who may well have all the attributes of a saint.

Will Irene (Bobulova) continue to use her and her family's wealth for endless development in the capitalist sense, or will she start to find a way of redistributing her vast resources? Ozpetek's films usually deal with some sort of impending crisis in the face of a certain situation, location or person, and this is another very efficiently made example. But seek out the vastly superior Bellocchio film if you can. Extras are a director's commentary only.

Sacred Heart

  • 3 stars
  • 2005
  • Italy
  • 2h
  • 15
  • Directed by: Ferzan Özpetek
  • Cast: Barbora Bobulova, Andrea Di Stefano, Lisa Gastoni

When her two best friends commit suicide, Irene is forced to take a look at the state of her own life.