What Would Sophia Loren Do?

A small gem.

This gorgeous slice-of-life doc gets in, tells its tale, and gets out, barely topping a half hour while showing how you can tell a deep story with a tight running time.

Available through Netflix streaming, if you’re willing to dig deep, it’s poignant and heartwarming.

It tells the tale of Nancy Kulik, an Italian-American mom of four who pushed herself to achieve in life by emulating her favorite motion picture star, her Oscar-winning countrywoman.

Loren is world-famous, Kulik not so much, but their parallel lives, and eventual in-person meeting, are the stuff (movie) dreams are made of.

What Have You Done to Solange?

Yes, do tell.

Things get creepy, as sleazy professors, not-so-innocent schoolgirls, and a lurking murderer intermingle in a slick mystery backed by the music of cinema god Ennio Morricone.

And what of Solange, you ask?

She was a student at the posh school at the center of the blood-stained, and fairly kinky, murder spree, but no one has seen her for some time.

Like most Italian giallo films of the ’70s and ’80s, this comes across like a half-remembered dream, a woozy mix of strobing colors and moody music, punctuated by weird camera cuts.

Just the way I like it.