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Respiro-Movie Review 12/22/2010

Posted by Films to consider in Italian language film, Light Drama, Movies.

Respiro (Italian) 2002

Among other awards and nominations:
Winner, Critics Week Grand Prize; Young Critics Award, Cannes Film Festival
Nominated, Best European Union Film, César Awards

Written and directed by Emanuele Crialese
Starring Valeria Golino and Vincenzo Amato

On a rocky island in the Mediterranean, grownups are busy eking out a living, while kids are busy fighting off bullies. Grazia (Golino), wife of Pietro (Amato) and mother of three children, doesn’t fit into the local community too well. Sometimes her carefree and fun-loving behavior borders on mania, while at other times she’s in a depressive state. Her husband is finally convinced that she should be sent to a psychiatric hospital. When Grazia disappears instead, the community comes together to find her.

Underwater photography, used at several points of the story, brings a lyrical and magical touch to what could be a depressing story. Grazia’s children also deserve mention, especially older son Pasquale (Francesco Casisa), who looks out for his mother in such a caring way, and younger son Filippo (Filippo Pucillo), whose bossy personality provides some comic relief.

95 min. Rated PG-13.



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