VIPERA (2001)

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  • VIPER Alternative
  • MOTHER VIPER Alternative

Synopsis

Italy during WWII: Rosetta and her father Leone are abandoned by her mother. Leone is bitter and drunk most of the time and to everyone he refers to his ex-wife as the viper. Life is hard for Rosetta, she has to become a substitute mother for Leone and is raped by an ex-fascist, becoming pregnant. Nevertheless she and her father look forward to the new arrival in the family. Unfortunately Leone dies in an accident, and the baby boy is taken from Rosetta. She can only begin to search for her baby when she is grown up, and after many years she also meets her mother "Viper" again . She now has a son, Luca , who is the same age as Rosetta's own son would have been. Rosetta begins to think that Luca is in fact her child. It is only when the situation really deteriorates and both women are abandoned by Luca and his lawyer father, that finally fate begins to change for Rosetta. She meets a young boy Fortunato who seems to have been 'adopted' by all the street women around. As she gets to know him better it seems that he could be Rosetta's lost son.

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