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Chiara Caselli

Molly Bloom

Short-film inspired by Molly Bloom, the fictional character of the novel Ulysses by James Joyce.

It is the dead of night and Molly, in her bed, cannot get to sleep. Next to her face are the feet of her husband Leopold, who fell asleep upside-down and fully dressed. Molly’s voice, her irreverent, tragic and childlike spirit, will lead us on a journey through her life and the people who inhabit it, whether living or imaginary. The present is then interwoven with a past that haunts her and a future that offers her what she feels she has lost, forever.


“The film is a plunge into the heart, mind, and flesh of Molly, the main character of the final chapter of James Joyce’s Ulysses. I was 12 when I first met Molly: she was Piera degli Esposti, playing Molly in the Bologna’s theatre where my mother brought me. Un indelible encounter. In that period I began to take photographs. It was only many years later that I fully grasped the connection with Molly, when the desire to convey interior life through images became the centre of my work as a photographer. In 2012 I began my work, my journey into James Joyce’s text and Molly’s character. First theadaptation, then a stage reading, followed by a full play for the Festival di Spoleto. Molly was a body and a voice. Now, through cinema, images can be added to the representation of interior life, crowded with voices and words, and crossed by visions evoked and evocative. A natural and necessary development. Molly is an inexhaustable treasure, a gift for an actress. Vital despite her solitude, profoundly and carnally a woman, she is a universal image of humanity – mean, noble, and full of dreams. “I have wept to see the beauty of the world passing like a dream behind her eyes…” – writes Joyce of his wife, Nora, who inspired him for Molly’s character. “But she’s much fatter” replied Nora. I put her picture on Molly’s bed table.”
Chiara Caselli


Born in Bologna, she is an actress and photographer. She has acted, among others, for Michelangelo Antonioni, Liliana Cavani, Marco Tullio Giordana, Gus Van Sant, and Mia Handsen- Love.
In 2008 she began to exhibit her photography; in 2011 she was at the Biennale di Venezia, in 2014 her first solo exhibit in Tokyo. 
In 2000 she debuted as a director with the short Per sempre, which was in competition at the 57th Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica di Venezia, and won the Nastro d’Argento Prize.


September 2016 – The film was firstly screened in the short-film section Orizzonti of the 73rd Edition of Mostra Internazionale D’Arte Cinematografica of Venice

12th October 2016 – Cineteca Bologna, Bologna

16th November 2016 – Casa del Cinema, Roma

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