75-year-old Giuseppe De Metrio has spent 30 years in Geneva, as foreign worker for the Broyer company. Upon retirement, he returned to Puglia, Italy, where his family had continued to live.... See full summary »
75-year-old Giuseppe De Metrio has spent 30 years in Geneva, as foreign worker for the Broyer company. Upon retirement, he returned to Puglia, Italy, where his family had continued to live. His only grandchild, 7-year-old Carla, is blind. The whole family looks forward hopefully to the day when Carla's sight can be restored by means of a cornea transplantation. After a heart attack, Giuseppe decides to wait no longer and returns to Switzerland to ask his former boss Mr. Broyer for the money necessary for the operation, as an old promise binds the two men. Intended as a 48-hour trip, Giuseppe and Carla's visit in Switzerland becomes a journey that both grandfather and granddaughter never dreamt of... Written by
Azzurro is a touching story of a Grandfather, Guiseppe (Paolo Villaggio), who fights against significant odds to pay for the surgery that will restore his blind granddaughter's sight before his weakening heart ends his life. When Guiseppe realizes that the surgery will be impossible in his home in Italy, he and his Granddaughter, (Francesca Pipoli), leave for Switzerland, seeking the help of his former employer. In the process, he confronts and ultimately resolves matters from his secret past. On top of conveying the strong love between Guiseppe and his Granddaughter, this film presents the theme that a man can achieve those things that are most important to him. It is a refreshing film, and I definitely recommend it to viewers of all ages.
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