Il Principe delle Maree (film di Barbra Streisand del 1991)

IL PRINCIPE DELLE MAREE è un film del 1991 diretto da Barbra Streisand, tratto dal libro di successo omonimo di Pat Conroy.

Tom Wingo viene invitato a recarsi a New York, dopo l’ennesimo tentativo di suicidio della sorella gemella Savannah, dalla psichiatra che la segue, la dottoressa Lowestein. Dopo l’iniziale diffidenza e ritrosia a confidarsi, Tom porta particolari fin lì sepolti nell’inconscio: delle tragiche vicende della sua famiglia, costituita da un padre violento, una madre superficiale e fatua, un fratello Luke, morto durante una sparatoria e la sopracitata sorella, poetessa controversa.

Tom è sposato son Sally: i due hanno tre figlie ma il loro rapporto è in rotta. Anche la psichiatra ha una vita privata turbolenta: il marito noto violinista è spesso lontano e con il figlio Bernard c’è conflitto. Col trascorrere del tempo, Wingo si confida sempre più con la Lowestein, arrivando a rivelargli il momento peggiore della sua esistenza, allorché tre uomini violentarono madre e sorella, finendo egli stesso sodomizzato. Luke rientra a casa e uccide a fucilate due dei tre stupratori, la madre l’ultimo pugnalandolo. L’evento tragico segna per sempre Savannah e Tom, che non riescono a tornare alla normalità. Tuttavia l’uomo innamoratosi ricambiato della psichiatra, sente un pungolo per ricominciare, mentre la gemella, una volta dimessa, riprende a scrivere un libro intitolandolo Il principe delle maree. Quando tutto volge regolarmente, un giorno Sally telefona al marito chiedendogli di riconciliarsi, così il desiderio di riunire la propria famiglia prevarrà sul grande amore per Susan.

Il film fu un successo, in patria fecero meglio solo Hook, La bella e la bestia e Il padre della sposa, rimanendo tra i primi dieci incassi per sette settimane. Nell’episodio della quarta stagione dei Simpson, La scelta di Selma, l’andirivieni temporale di Marge sono simili a quelli del film della Streisand. Nell’episodio della sesta stagione, Paura di volare, Marge pensa che la sia psichiatra si chiami Lowestein, mentre il suo nome è Zweig.

La pellicola ottenne sette candidature agli Oscar, film, attore protagonista (Nolte), attrice non protagonista (Nelligan), sceneggiatura non originale, fotografia, scenografia e colonna sonora.

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