The Seduction of Mimi

Drama | Italian with English subtitles | 121 minutes

Mimi is a dockworker in Sicily who is pressured by his employer to vote for the Mafia candidate in the local election. He is assured the ballot will be secret. Angry with the system, Mimi votes for the Communist candidate. The ballot was not secretive and Mimi is fired for defying his employer. Bereft, Mimi heads for Turin, leaving his wife, Rosalia, behind in Sicily. In Turin, Mimi meets the beautiful Fiorella, who he learns is an active Trotskyist. They have an affair. Mimi grows conflicted as Fiorella becomes pregnant. Mimi  must unravel a life with two different families while embroiled with the Communist party.   
Giancarlo Giannini (Mimi) / Mariangela Melato (Fiorella Meneghini) / Agostina Belli (Rosalia)
Why Stream This Film?
 In 1972, The Seduction of Mimi launched the golden age of Wertmüller’s film masterpieces. 
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 77%
  • Cannes Film Festival: Nominated, Palme d’Or
  • Golden Globes, Italy: Winner, Best Breakthrough Actor (Giancarlo Giannini); Best Breakthrough Actress: (Mariangela Melato)
At this stage of her development, the director is good at unsentimental tragedy and uncomplaisant comedy, and has an admirable visual sense.
John Simon

ESQUIRE Magazine

MIMI is one of the best films of this season. Sexual hypocrisies and political dilemmas rarely flow smoothly onto the screen. But Lina Wertmüller excels in conveying both in THE SEDUCTION of MIMI.
Nora Sayre

The New York Times

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