Set amid the magnificent, sun-scorched Sicilian landscape, this film interweaves four stories of peasant life by Luigi Pirandello to dramatic, often magical effect: a mother (Lozano) copes with her estranged son; a new bride seeks protection from an old lover (Bigagli) when she learns her husband is a moon-sick werewolf; a hunchbacked potter (Franchi) gets trapped in his own creation; and a baronial landowner (Spadola) deals with a death-bed protest from the peasants who farm his land.
The Taviani brothers ("Night of the Shooting Stars") bring their customary humanism to this marvelous adaptation of folk tales by Nobel-winning Italian author Pirandello. Mixing a variety of tones, farcical and downbeat, funny and tragic. with scenarios both fantasy-based and salt-of-the-earth, Kaos blends its four tales of bandits and beasts and literary ghosts into an epic, moving tapestry of turn-of-the-century rustic life. An exhilarating experience!