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Bambola, a 1996 written and directed by Bigas Luna, is the story of Bambola ('doll') and her gay brother Flavio. When their mother dies, Bambola and Flavio decided to open a pizzeria. Bambola borrows money from one of her boyfriends, but Settimio, who is also in love with Bambola, then kills him. Flavio has also fallen in love with Settimio, who takes no interest in him. While visiting Settimio in Jail, Bambola falls in love with him. When another inmate, Furio, learns of their love, he has Settimio raped and killed. Bambola then falls for Furio. In her own self-deprecating way, Bambola struggles to justify having a relationship with a murderer who treats her terribly. Starring Valeria Marini as Bambola, the film also features Stefano Dionisi, Jorge Perugorria, Manuel Bandera, and Anita Ekberg. Bigas Luna's epic film of nihilism and masochism captures the romance and sex appeal of a young girl struggling to find love.