Italian Cinema Offers Us A Much More Daring Coming Of Age Story

Indivisable

 

Edoardo De Angelis’ Indivisible: A Beautiful, Unique Coming Of Age Story About Conjoined Twins.

When I first read the plot for Indivisible, I wasn’t sure what sort of genre it was going be and that intrigued me more. Within the first minute of the film, I knew that the movie was going to be of a darker nature.

Small fires scattered across a dirty shoreline, stray animals rummaging for scraps give the impression of an apocalyptic wasteland. 3-women, all dressed as if returning from a nightclub fall into the camera’s lens. They then go their separate ways, each saying their goodbyes. Still, in the same shot, the camera pans off to a nearby window. We then meet twins, Daisy and Viola for the first time.

Daisy and Viola are two regular 18-year-olds, blessed with beautiful singing voices. They are also conjoined twins and are connected at the hip. Have I got your attention yet?

Part of a locally-famous singing duo called Indivisible, they travel around in a piece-of-shit van, managed by their exploitive father. Just like the van, their father is also a piece-of-shit; you just know when you first set your eyes on him, there is no way this guy could be a nice character.

Not only must the twins perform to some of the strangest people in Naples’ suburbs, but people want to touch them as if they were sideshow freaks. The father encourages this, telling people his daughters can heal the sick. Obviously, this is just so he can bleed as much cash from the punters as possible.

It didn’t take me long to realise that the three ladies at the start of the movie weren’t coming from a nightclub, but were more than likely prostitutes. Prostitution spills onto the poverty-stricken streets. The Naples suburbs and high-rise Gomorrah-type apartments make it impossible to think this is any safe place to live.

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The first time we get to see them perform is pretty terrifying.

It is the communion of a young child,  sitting on a throne as if she were the queen of the 7-kingdoms. She is wearing a crown, a pink dress and holding a toy gun that blows out bubbles. She sits next to a dirty, drained pool with onlooking residents from a near-by high-rise shouting down their best wishes.

My first introduction to the sort of people the twins play for quickly set the mood for whats to come. The only way I could describe the punters would be that they reminded me of the town folk from Fabrice Du Welz’s brilliant, Calvaire (The Ordeal). They are normal, but there is just something very odd about them.

Daisy and Viola’s lives get turned upside down when they meet a Swiss doctor who tells them there’s a chance of them being separated and living a normal life.

Indivisible is a story of hope, strength and love told in a world of ugliness and unholiness.

Although a beautiful film, we can’t help but feeling a little weirded out.

I felt no disgust towards the twins. My feelings of repulsion stemmed from the mistreatment of the girls, their surroundings and how they’ve been kept a prisoner in their bodies and from the outside world.

 Angela Fontana and Marianna Fontana dominated a screen full of already flawless performances.

I adore this film.

 

10/10

 

 

 

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