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Isabella

Isabella Flore is 91 years old and has an explosive temperament. She is a deeply religious Catholic and a fortune teller. In the past, she was a victim of domestic violence and a brave mother of a severely disabled daughter.Today she is the only inhabitant of a Sardinian village next to what was once the world’s largest river dam. The opening of the dam was celebrated by the Italian king himself, and shortly afterward by Mussolini. Today, the dam is in danger of collapse and the village stands abandoned.

She is often visited by people who have found themselves at a turning point in their lives. Isabella predicts betrayals and new romances to desperate lovers. She helps businessmen avoid financial problems. She predicts the recovery of a terminally ill woman and the birth of a child. However, whoever arrives expecting a quiet old woman quickly blinks their eyes in astonishment. Isabella is despotic. She loses patience easily and shouts loudly, her “visions” are rounded off with a surprising sense of humor. But despite her strong character, Isabella grows weaker.

When the guests leave, she is left alone. In silence, she puts on her oxygen mask. She breathes heavily. Isabella has one dream. Before she dies, she wants to renovate the abandoned buildings and the church. She often talks to God about it and crosses out successive lottery tickets. However, she cannot predict the one winning number. So she writes letters to the authorities asking them to do something. She does not have much time left. According to her own prediction, she will die in 2 years. She does everything to save the memory of the village and of herself.

Isabella Flore is 91 years old and has an explosive temperament. She is a deeply religious Catholic and a fortune teller. In the past, she was a victim of domestic violence and a brave mother of a severely disabled daughter.

Today she is the only inhabitant of a Sardinian village next to what was once the world’s largest river dam. The opening of the dam was celebrated by the Italian king himself, and shortly afterward by Mussolini. Today, the dam is in danger of collapse and the village stands abandoned.

She is often visited by people who have found themselves at a turning point in their lives. Isabella predicts betrayals and new romances to desperate lovers. She helps businessmen avoid financial problems. She predicts the recovery of a terminally ill woman and the birth of a child. However, whoever arrives expecting a quiet old woman quickly blinks their eyes in astonishment. Isabella is despotic. She loses patience easily and shouts loudly, her “visions” are rounded off with a surprising sense of humor. But despite her strong character, Isabella grows weaker.

When the guests leave, she is left alone. In silence, she puts on her oxygen mask. She breathes heavily. Isabella has one dream. Before she dies, she wants to renovate the abandoned buildings and the church. She often talks to God about it and crosses out successive lottery tickets. However, she cannot predict the one winning number. So she writes letters to the authorities asking them to do something. She does not have much time left. According to her own prediction, she will die in 2 years. She does everything to save the memory of the village and of herself.

Directed by: Joanna Janikowska
Genre: documentary
Total time: feature-length
Production: Anna Gawlita - Kijora Film sp. z o.o.