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Teorema is a 1968 film by Pier Paolo Pasolini.

Its tells about a bourgeois family who receive a mysterious visitor played by Terence Stamp who seduces all of them, that is, the father, the mother, the daughter and the maid. He fills their life with sense that was previously lacking. Then he suddenly leaves and the family is in shatters as none of them knows how to cope with his absense. The reaction of each is different and results in several Big-Lipped Alligator Moments



  • Angst Coma: For the daughter soon after the Visitor leaves. She just cannot live without him. Other characters don't give up totally but cope with his absense in various ways.
  • Anything That Moves: Played with. The Visitor does not behave horny as he seduces everyone. He rather appears to present hiself as a gift to the family members always remaining cool. Still he has sex with all of them including maid.
  • Dull Surprise: For the daughter when the Visitor puts the legs of her father on his shoulders.
  • Gainax Ending: The film is of course more than slightly off throughout its course and the ending is quaint too.
  • Mrs. Robinson: The mother Lucia starts to pursue young man later in the film.
  • No Name Given: For the Visitor.
  • Power Floats: Emilia the maid levitates in the later part of the film by the power given to her by the visitor.
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  • Put on a Bus: The Visitor leaves in the middle of the film. In the aftermath it turns to the story of the family.
  • Really Gets Around:
    • The Visitor seduces everyone in the household.
    • Later the mother has sex with chance partners.
  • The Scream: The father screams intensely in the very ending of the film.
  • Self-Deprecation: Characters practice this trope.
  • Shameful Strip: Played with. The father is stripped to be punished and humiliated. Except that he does it to himself in the railway station.
  • Silence Is Golden: The characters are fairly taciturn and many scenes play without words for the most of their duration.
  • Stylistic Suck: That's how the son, Pietro, regards his pictures. He still proceeds with his art.
  • Untranslated Title: It is Teorema in English too.

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