Vergine Giurata (2015)

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An estranged relative arrives unannounced at a family home in Rome. All we are able to surmise about him is that he probably wasn't born male. Flashbacks show us his story and reveal the severity of a partriarchal society. Mark was once Hana who, with her adoptive sister Lila, discovered in their adolescence the fate that lay in store for them. Lila is betrothed to a man she has not met and given a bullet – part of her dowry in case she displeases her new husband. Hana opts to never marry, and following ancient tradition – wherein she takes a solemn vow of chastity – learns to shoot and lives as a man. But in modern day Rome, Mark wonders if he hasn't wasted his life.

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