Donna (miniseries)

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Television series
German title donna
Original title donna
Country of production Italy
original language Italian
year 1996
First Film
length 6 × 90 = 540 minutes
Episodes 6 in 1 season
genre drama
Director Gianfranco Giagni
idea Carlotta Wittig
script Carlotta Wittig
production Sergio Silva ,
Susanna Bolchi
and Aureliano Lalli-Persiani
music Franco Piersanti
camera Carlo Tafani

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Supporting cast:

Donna is a six-part Italian miniseries from 1996 by Gianfranco Giagni . The main roles are played by Ottavia Piccolo , Angelo Infanti and Simona Cavallari . Edwige Fenech has a supporting role as Paola.


Matilde lives in Ferrara and is married to the small business owner Roberto. She faces a serious family crisis when her eldest daughter Nina leaves her husband and child to pursue a career as a model and the younger son Matteo breaks off his studies when he falls in love with Matilde's friend Paola.

Roberto puts his son, with whom he does not have a good relationship, outside the door and lets himself be persuaded to do dirty deals with the South American financier and large entrepreneur Vezze, with whom Nina has now fallen in love. Matilde is critical of her husband's decisions, especially with regard to the relationship with the children, and is also put under pressure by her husband's family. Thereupon she leaves Roberto and during this time meets her old friend Enrico again, with whom she was once in love, and now falls in love again.

Meanwhile, Roberto gets deeper and deeper into entanglements for which Nina and Vezze are responsible, and which he now has to support. When he and Nina are arrested, Matilde decides to return home to stand by her husband and daughter. In court Roberto is acquitted of the charges against him because he was able to find a witness to testify for him.

Matteo, however, decides after a conversation with Paola to end the relationship, also because his mother is still suffering from it and it is perhaps better to fall in love with someone of his age. Nina, who attempted suicide in prison and then fell into a coma, wakes up and returns to her son and husband. The past time has left its mark on everyone involved.

Matteo actually falls in love with someone of his age, while Matilde, now reunited with Paola, has to deal with the shock of the death of their mutual friend Annamaria. Ultimately, Matilde decides to move to Enrico in Hamburg and give her old new love a chance.


The series was produced by RAI and First Film in 1996 . The film was shot in Ferrara in Emilia-Romagna as well as in the Lazio region and there in Rome in Italy. The series, which was broadcast in Italy between March 3 and April 1, 1996, reached an average of almost 6 million viewers.


Milly Buonanno complained in Eurofiction that the series suffered from an excess of narrative material, which in this format did not find enough opportunity to develop.

In Curiositá su Donna the mini-series was given 6 out of a possible 90 points.

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Individual evidence

  1. a b Donna The Miniseries adS (Italian)