Director: Bernardo Bertolucci
Stars: Jill Clayburgh, Mathew Barry, Veronica Lazar, Fred Gwynne, Alida Valli, Renato Salvatori, Elisabetta Campeti, Franco Citti, Roberto Benigni
Keywords: mother, son, drugs, artist, incest
Genre: Drama, Sex
Jill Clayburgh stars as an opera diva who takes her hormonal young son (Matthew Barry)to Italy after the sudden death of his stepfather (Fred Gwynne). The boy falls in with the wrong crowd, becomes addicted to heroin, is seduced in an ice-cream parlor by Franco Citti (to the tune of “Night Fever” by the BeeGees), and comes home to his horrified mother in the throes of withdrawal. To ease his pains, she masturbates him through his pants, and this leads to some fairly graphic (and very controversial) scenes of her secret incestual lusts coming out. In confusion, the boy runs off to find his real father, and discover the source of his taboo secret.