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I can't speak with any authority about the historical accuracy of the incredible new film Vincere, but Marco Bellocchio's former Cannes contender indisputably proves that the truth does not always protect you. The story of Mussolini's first wife, Ida Dalser, Bellocchio's film examines not only the story, but the psychology of a tormented woman whose persistence to acknowledge her relationship with the Italian dictator eventually drove her mad. It's heartbreaking and slightly harrowing at the same time, but bolstered by amazing performances, first by Giovanna Mezzogiorno as Dalser and Filippo Timi as Mussolini and later, his child Benito, Vincere lives up to the translation of its title ("win") and then some.

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