A gorgeous operatic tale of obsession and madness, the swirling Vincere is based on the little-known relationship between Benito Mussolini, Italy's swaggering dictator, and Ida Dalser, the woman he wed, fathered a child with, and then coldly abandoned as he goose-stepped his way through the pages of history.
Told from Ida's point of view - a beautiful performance from Giovanna Mezzogiorno - Vincere, from veteran director Marco Bellocchio, follows this young woman as she meets, and melts before, the charismatic young Mussolini. It is 1904, in Trent, Austria: He is a radical socialist organizing workers and railing against the existence of God. Then, in 1917 in Milan, they cross paths again (he's fleeing from a cordon of police). The attraction is palpable. They make love. It's a union that seems forged in fire, to burn furiously forever.