Malèna is a 2000 romantic comedy-drama film directed and written by Giuseppe Tornatore from a story by Luciano Vincenzoni. It stars Monica Bellucci and . It won the Grand Prix at the 2001 Cabourg Film Festival.


On June 10, 1940, in a little Sicilian town of Castelcuto, 12-year-old Renato experiences three major events: Italy enters World War II; he gets a new bike; and he first sees the beautiful and sensual young woman known as Malèna, who is the most desired of the town. Her husband is in the forces in Africa, fighting the British, and she lives alone. Because of her looks and her solitary state, she is an object of lust for all the town's men and of hatred for its women. She keeps an eye on her infirm old father who lives alone, until he gets an anonymous note slandering her, upon which he rejects her.