Heaven Over the Marshes
- Original title
Cielo sulla palude
- Running time
- 111 min.
Suso Cecchi d'Amico, Augusto Genina, Fausto Tozzi (Story: Elvira Psorulla)
Aldo Graziati (B&W)
Domenico Viglione Borghese,
Arx / Film Bassoli
Drama | Biography
- Synopsis / Plot
- The scene is the Pontine Marshes, a disease-ridden region. The year is 1902. Maria Goretti, a twelve-year-old girl, lives with her parents, poor farm hands, in the house of Serenelli, a heavy drinker who has offered them board and lodging. The farmer has a son, Alessandro, aged eighteen, who is sexually attracted to the pious girl. Maria resists his advances. One day the young man can't help it anymore: he rapes Maria before murdering her. Before she dies, Maria forgives her assailant. After her death she is canonized as a saint.
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