The Story of Piera

The Story of Piera

Film poster
Directed by Marco Ferreri
Produced by Achille Manzotti
Written by Piera Degli Esposti
Dacia Maraini
Marco Ferreri
Starring Isabelle Huppert
Hanna Schygulla
Marcello Mastroianni
Music by Philippe Sarde
sax soloist Stan Getz
Cinematography Ennio Guarnieri
Edited by Ruggero Mastroianni
Release dates
  • 2 February 1983 (1983-02-02)
Running time
107 minutes
Country Italy
Language Italian

The Story of Piera (Italian: Storia di Piera) is a 1983 Italian drama film directed by Marco Ferreri.[1] Hanna Schygulla won the award for Best Actress at the 1983 Cannes Film Festival.[2]


The film starts in one of the new towns of Latina with the birth of Piera, daughter of the somewhat unbalanced Eugenia and her apparently sane husband Lorenzo, who has a job with the PCI. Eugenia's behaviour at home and in public becomes increasingly erratic and when on top of this Lorenzo loses his post, the strain puts him into a mental hospital. Piera leaves school to work for a dressmaker and pursues her dream of acting, eventually breaking into television and theatre. Interleaved with her outside life we see her sexual development, from kissing neighbourhood boys to a lesbian relationship while she is in hospital with breathing problems and finally to adult men. While Piera is maturing as a woman and as an actress, Eugenia is deteriorating and has to be locked away. The film ends with Piera taking her mother out for the day to a deserted beach, where the two women undress and hug each other tightly in a moment of natural tenderness.


See also


  1. "NY Times: The Story of Piera". NY Retrieved 30 March 2009.
  2. "Festival de Cannes: The Story of Piera". Retrieved 16 June 2009.
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