La moglie del soldato (film di Neil Jordan del 1992)

LA MOGLIE DEL SOLDATO è uno dei migliori film degli anni novanta in concorso per l’Oscar più importante nel 1993.

Jody, interpretato da Forest Withaker, è il personaggio cui fa riferimento il titolo. Viene tratto in inganno da una bella ragazza che in realtà è parte integrante dell’I.R.A, commando terroristico che lo prende in ostaggio per operare uno scambio con un pezzo da novanta del terrorismo irlandese, ma il governo britannico non cede al ricatto e la sorte del loro soldato si firma in quel momento pena la morte. Ciononostante, facendo leva sulla simpatia nata con uno degli aguzzini, Fergus si dà alla fuga venendo purtroppo falciato da un mezzo blindato del suo governo che farà fuori anche un membro dell’I.R.A. In seguito, spacciandosi per Jimmy, il terrorista “buono” prende contatto con la donna di Jody su richiesta di questi e in breve se ne innamora ignaro della transessualità del soggetto il cui nome è Dil. Superato il trauma della scoperta, l’uomo gli rimane a fianco ma viene scovato dai suoi sodali che gli impongono una missione suicida in cambio della quale Dil verrà risparmiata. Ma, dopo aver confessato a quest’ultima la verità sulla morte del compagno, viene legato al letto e così impedito a compiere l’attentato. Infuriata Jude, una del commando, va a trovarlo per ucciderlo ma viene fulminata da Dil con vari colpi di pistola. A quel punto convinta facilmente da Fergus si dà alla fuga e, prima che scorrano i titoli di coda, con un salto temporale va a trovare in carcere l’uomo che ama finito dietro le sbarre al suo posto.

Come sottolineato in apertura, il film di Neil Jordan ottenne pareri lusinghieri meritando l’Oscar per la bella sceneggiatura originale che, pur essendo drammatica, non manca di spunti divertenti grazie soprattutto all’ironia di Jaye Davidson nel ruolo di Dil. Non si può inoltre non sottolineare come sia tesa la prima parte dal sequestro alla morte di Jody, anche grazie ai dialoghi amari tra Rea e Withaker che sanno di epitaffio. Nota delicata e suggestiva risulta essere il tema musicale The crying game, titolo originale del film, nella versione di Boy George ed in origine interpretata da Dave Berry nel 1964, e prodotta per l’occasione dai Pet Shop Boys.

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