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The Wholly Family


A film by Terry Gilliam

Genre(s): Comedy

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The Wholly Family

  • Terry Gilliam


    Terry Gilliam was born in Minnesota near Medicine Lake. When he was 12 his family moved to Los Angeles where he became a fan of Mad magazine. In his early 20's he was often stopped by the police who often suspected him of being a drug addict and Gilliam had to explain that he worked in advertisement. He left USA for England and there he works on THE MONTHY PYTON.



A crowded street in the heart of Naples, teeming with shops selling elaborate Nativity scenes,
beautifully carved Holy Families, grotesque Punchinellos. A tourist couple and their 10 year-old
son, Jake try to push their way through the crowd. While his parents quarrel, Jake lags behind,
attracted by the carved Punchinellos. Spellbound by these extraodinary figures, the boy stops at a stall and peering around to see that no one is watching, reaches for one of the Punchinellos. Jake’s parents suddenly realizes that he is no longer with them. Desperately, they begin to search for him, blaming each other for the mishap.
But the child is not there......
And so, “The Wholly Family” begins” a dreamlike journey between reality and imagination
through the most hidden places and symbols of Naples; a city that Terry Gilliam manages to
capture with all of its contradiction, danger and magic.

Technical Specs

  • Runtimes: 20'
  • Country(ies) of production: United States
  • Original Language(s): English
  • Audience: General Audiences

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