Salto nel vuoto (A Leap in the Dark). 1980. Italy/France/West Germany. Directed by Marco Bellocchio. In Italian; English subtitles. 120 min.
Screenplay by Marco Bellocchio, Vincenzo Cerami, Piero Natoli. With Michel Piccoli, Anouk Aimée, Michele Placido. Judge Mauro Ponticelli (Michel Piccoli) has been living with his sister (Anouk Aimée) his whole life, but as she develops an increasingly serious mental illness he’s left uncertain how to care for her. With their relationship complicated by the introduction of a liberal young actor and an ever-present housemaid, A Leap in the Dark deftly traces the dynamics of familial and professional obligation, morality, and personal desire with a slow-burning ferocity that allows the actors to perform at the height of their power (Piccoli and Aimée both received best actor/actress prizes at the Cannes Film Festival).