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The screening on Thu 7 Sept at 2pm is relaxed for people living with dementia.

Emanuele Crialese’s personal drama L’immensità, which premiered in competition at last year’s Venice Film Festival, is a vibrant tale of self-discovery that explores gender identity, mental health and turbulent relationships.

Unspooling in 1970s Rome, the film follows Clara (Penélope Cruz), a fun-loving mother who prefers to play around at the children’s table rather than socialise with the adults, whose seemingly carefree attitude conceals an inner darkness. Having moved to a new apartment with her family – in a neighbourhood whose demolished buildings and rubble seem to mirror Clara’s fracturing state of mind – she must confront the fact that her marriage to Felice (Vincenzo Amato) is over, and protect her children from his abusive behaviour.

Her 12-year-old (Luana Giuliani), meanwhile, is having a formative summer of her own. She begins to question her gender identity, asking to be referred to by the male name Andrea as she figures out who she is. Brightened by radiant, black-and-white fantasy sequences, L’immensità is a thoughtful meditation on childhood trauma and shifting identity that treats its themes with nuance and psychological honesty.

In Italian with English subtitles.


Emanuele Crialese


Penélope Cruz, Vincenzo Amato, Luana Giuliani, Patrizio Francioni, María Chiara Goretti

  • BBFC Ratings Info (May Contain Spoilers)


    Scenes involving domestic abuse include one in which a group of siblings find their father pinning their distressed mother to the floor and striking her, without strong visual detail. Other scenes show the father slapping or roughly handling the children. A woman slaps her son, and a boy wrestles and repeatedly slaps his younger brother during an argument.


    There is infrequent use of strong language (‘f**k’). Milder terms include ’bitch’, ‘shit’, ‘bullshit’ and ‘asshole’.


    Mild sex references include ones to a married man ‘sleeping with’ other women.


    There is infrequent use of outdated and discriminatory terms such as ‘retarded’ and ‘gypsies’. Set in the 1970s, the film features outdated attitudes surrounding the issue of gender identity; for example, a transgender boy is repeatedly misgendered by family members, and in one scene the boy’s abusive father implies that the boy is delusional and causing the family embarrassment. The work as a whole does not condone discrimination.

    Sexual violence and sexual threat

    A child intervenes after hearing his mother – off screen – fending off his father’s unwanted sexual advances with increasing desperation. In another scene, a woman walking with her child is followed and harassed by a pair of men.


    There are mild upsetting scenes dealing with the issue of mental health.

    Alcohol and tobacco

    People, including children, are shown smoking cigarettes.

  • Seating Accessibility Info


    Seat size

    Seats in the Cinema are 45cm (172/3“) wide and 46cm (18“) deep, are 40cm (152/3“) from the floor, and have 12cm (42/3“) between seats.


    Seats in the Cinema have armrests that do not fold away, and cannot be completely removed.


    Seats in the cinema have 30cm (112/3”) of legroom in front of seats, with additional legroom on row A and seats B1-B4 and B11-B14.

    Further information

    If you have any questions about accessibility our Box Office team are always happy to help and can be contacted on 01642 525199 or by emailing [email protected] - you can also tell us about your access requirements when prompted to do so during the online booking process.

  • Information about screenings with subtitles

    Subtitled screenings offer captions which transcribe dialogue only. Subtitled screenings attempt to give D/deaf and hard-of-hearing viewers an understanding of the spoken dialogue within the film, but do not include description about other aspects of the soundtrack, including music and sound effects.