Indivisible is the story of Siamese twins Dasy and Viola whose lives are thrown into turmoil when, at the age of 18, they learn they could have been separated at birth.
They are joined at the hip but a visiting doctor tells them no vital organs are shared and an operation to separate them would be relatively uncomplicated.
Dasy is elated at the news. “I want to travel. I want to go dancing. I want to make love,” she cries.
Viola cannot conceive of a life separated from Dasy. “You are all I have,” she whispers.
This remarkable film from Italian director Edoardo de Angelis is inspired by the tragic lives of Daisy and Violet Hilton, English conjoined twins born in 1908 who were used by others as money-making freaks.
Indivisible’s stars are charming identical twins Angela and Marianna Fontana making an impressive film debut.
Dasy and Viola are exploited by their family as compliant money-earners in their poverty-stricken Neapolitan village. They sing at weddings, christenings, first communions. An opportunistic priest (Gianfranco Gallo) uses them to solicit donations from gulllible followers who believe touching them will bring good luck.
Not surprisingly, their grasping father Peppe (Massimiliano Rossi) is strongly opposed to the idea of separating the twins and losing the family’s only source of income.
“Do you ever look around?” he shouts. “Normal people go hungry.
“We’re sideshow freaks, Dad,” says Dasy.
She dreams of escaping to a world of opportunity, excited by the promises of an unscrupulous promoter (Gaetana Bruno).
The second part of the film slips into sheer fantasy, with a touch of comedy, as the naive twins try to get away from the only world they know.
Beautifully filmed by cinematographer Ferran Paredes Rubio, with evocative music by Enzo Avitabile, Indivisible has attracted a swag of awards on the festival circuit.
Indivisible is one of 28 films to be shown during the 2017 Italian Film Festival, which runs from September 21 to October 11 at Cinema Paradiso and Luna On Essex.
Special events include opening and closing nights at both venues and a Q&A session with Greta Scacchi at Cinema Paradiso on September 23 after the screening of Tenderness. www.italianfilmfestival.com.au
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