Drama | Maltese with English subtitles | 94 minutes
Jesmark, a hardworking Maltese fisherman, plies his trade just as his father and grandfather did before him. But problems arise: the few fish he now catches are not profitable; the Luzzu, his colorfully painted wooden fishing boat, is leaking; he and his wife Denise are informed their infant baby will require expensive medical care. Jesmark realizes his world of being a simple fisherman is ending. As he and his wife struggle, Jesmark has to make some tough decisions.
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 100%
- Metacritic Score: 79
- Athens International Film Festival: Nominated, Best Film
- Sundance Film Festival: Winner, Best Actor (Scicluna)
- Luzzu received a perfect 100% Rotten Tomatoes score.
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Sun-drenched LUZZU is an unaffected triumph with a simmering power, the type pf deceivingly familiar film that helps us sail into a place and a lifestyle most of us ignore but that are made vividly compelling in the hand of a new storyteller with classically honed sensibilities.
In LUZZU, director/writer Alex Camilleri demonstrates a sophisticated understanding of how small moments can build a sense of place: sandals on the salty floor of a fishery; a metal scraper peeling paint from a hull; a priest blessing boats for safe passage. Malta’s views are arresting, but the images Camilleri chooses would never be found in a travel brochure. In his subtle, vérité approach, he captures something special – not one man’s crisis but a community’s culture.
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