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L'iguana (2004)
94 min | Drama

The film, based on the novel by Anna Maria Ortese, narrates the adventures of a rich, dreamy Italian Count, Aleardo, who, while traveling on a sail boat ends up on the remote island of Ocana, off the Portuguese coast. Here, three ...See moreThe film, based on the novel by Anna Maria Ortese, narrates the adventures of a rich, dreamy Italian Count, Aleardo, who, while traveling on a sail boat ends up on the remote island of Ocana, off the Portuguese coast. Here, three impoverished Portuguese aristocrats live in dire poverty, cut off from the world and thrown back to the nineteenth century. He finds the melancholy, tormented Ilario and his sinister half-brothers Hipolito and Felipe together with a female servant they treat like an animal they mysteriously call "Iguana". Fascinated by the extravagance of his hosts and troubled by the suffering and charm of the young "Iguana", Aleardo stays on the island for a night and a day. During which he is drawn into an intrigue with disturbing implications. Is the Iguana the latest transformation of the devil or is she merely a victim, an innocent creature to be saved and protected at any cost? Aleardo's journey becomes an hallucinating descent to hell. The Iguana can be read as a metaphor. "The horizon showed only a flush of amber light, yet there was still a leeward glimpse of the low, naked coast of Portugal until, shadow-like, it finally disappeared". Written by CM See less
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Apr 13, 2005 (United States)

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18 cast members
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Andrea Renzi
Aleardo Aleardi Aleardo Aleardi   See fewer
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Amandio Pinheiro
Don Ilario Don Ilario   See fewer
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Cláudia Teixeira
Estrelita Estrelita   See fewer
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Rosario Minardi
Hipolito Hipolito   See fewer
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Tommaso Ragno
Don Fidenzio Don Fidenzio   See fewer
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Alberto Rossatti
Judge, Jeweler, Man in Shadow Judge, Jeweler, Man in Shadow   See fewer
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Marco Basile
Salvato Salvato   See fewer
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Francesco Siciliano
Max Adelchi Max Adelchi   See fewer
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Sabrina Petyx
Contessa Aleardi Contessa Aleardi   See fewer
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Lucia Sardo
Mrs. Gomez Mrs. Gomez   See fewer
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Francesco Alderuccio
Inquisitor Friar Inquisitor Friar   See fewer
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Angelo Battista
Mr. Gomez Mr. Gomez   See fewer
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Roberto Pistorio
Sailor at Inquisition Sailor at Inquisition   See fewer
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Costanza Messina
Esmeralda Gomez Esmeralda Gomez   See fewer
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Roberto Caravella
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Domenico Libra
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8 / 10 | 36 votes