Synopsis: To win the kingdom his uncle took from his father, Jason must steal the golden fleece from the land of barbarians, where Medea is royalty and a powerful sorceress, where human sacrifice helps crops to grow. Medea sees Jason and swoons, then enlists her brother's aid to take the fleece. She then murders her brother and becomes Jason's lover. Back in Greece, the king keeps the throne, the fleece has no power, and Medea lives an exile's life, respected but feared, abandoned by Jason. When she learns he's to marry the king's daughter, Medea tames her emotions and sends gifts via her sons; then, loss overwhelms her and she unleashes a fire storm on the king, the bride, and Jason.
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Rotten Tomatoes:
110 min

Today you're 5

and I want to tell you the truth.

You're not my son and I didn't find

you in the sea, it was all lies.

You're not a liar, but I am.

I enjoy telling lies.

Are you sorry to find out

you're not my son...

...that I'm neither your father

or mother?

It all started

because of a ram's hide.

There was a talking ram,

it was divine.

Hermes gave the ram to Nefele

so she could save her sons.

Ino wanted to kill them.

Ino was the wife of Cadmo

and second wife of Atamante.

Atamante was the son of Eolo,

the wind god...

Ino had also been Eolo's wife.


it was all a matter of jealousy.

The ram had a golden fleece...

...and managed to carry Frisso,

one of Nefele's sons, across the sea.

Frisso arrived in the city of Ea:

ruled by Eta, the sun's son.

Ea welcomed Frisso...

...and to give thanks to Zeus,

sacrificed the golden ram.

Eolo's descendants

wanted to get the fleece back...

...because it brought the king luck.

It guaranteed

a long and peaceful reign.

They tried everything to get it back,

but they didn't succeed.

They didn't succeed.

Little boy,

you are a descendant of Eolo...

...because you are

a grandson of Atamanta...

...who was king of Olco,

a city nearby.

It was rich with sheep and grain,

all the property of the king.

Your Uncle Pelia imprisoned

your father and usurped the throne.

The kingdom awaits you

and I've kept you safe here.

Have you understood?

It's a rather complicated story...

...because it made up of facts,

not thoughts.

Everything's sacred,

everything's sacred.

Remember, my boy:

there's nothing natural in nature.

When it seems natural to you,

it'll be the end.

Something else will start.

Good-bye sky, good-bye sea.

What a beautiful sky!



Don't you think

that just a little piece is natural?

That it could be possessed by a god?

The sea too.

On this day, when you're 13

and fish with your feet in the water.

Look behind you, what do you see?

Anything natural?

What you see is an apparition.

With clouds reflected

in the still, heavy water... three in the afternoon.

Look at that black streak on the sea...

...shining and pink like oil.

The shadows of the trees

and the reeds.

A god is hidden everywhere you look.

If he isn't, he's left traces

of his scared presence:

...the silence, the smell of grass,

the chill of fresh water.

Yes, everything's sacred.

But sanctity is also a curse.

Whilst the gods love, they also hate.

Maybe you think that besides

being a liar, I'm also too poetic.

But for ancient man, myths and rituals

are concrete experiences...

...which are even included

in his daily existence.

For him, reality

is a totally perfect unit...

...and the emotion he feels at the sight

of a summer sky, for example...

...equals the more internal, personal

experiences of modern man.

You'll go to your Uncle, who stole

your throne, and reclaim your rights.

To eliminate you,

he'll have to come up with an excuse.

He'll send you on a quest,

maybe to retrieve the golden fleece.

That way, you'll travel

to a distant land across the sea.

You'll experience things in a world

we can only imagine.

Life there is very realistic.

Because only he who is mythical

is realistic and vice versa.

This is what

our divine reason foresees.

That which it can't foresee, sadly,

are the errors it will lead you to.

Who knows how many there'll be?

That which man has witnessed

in the cultivation of grains...

...that which he has understood

from seeds as they are reborn...

...represents a definite lesson:

...the resurrection.

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Pier Paolo Pasolini

Pier Paolo Pasolini (Italian: [ˈpjɛr ˈpaːolo pazoˈliːni]; 5 March 1922 – 2 November 1975) was an Italian film director, poet, writer, and intellectual. Pasolini also distinguished himself as an actor, journalist, novelist, playwright, and political figure. He remains a controversial personality in Italy due to his blunt style and the focus of some of his works on taboo sexual matters, but he is an established major figure in European literature and cinematic arts. His murder prompted an outcry in Italy and its circumstances continue to be a matter of heated debate. more…

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