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Respiro -- On an impoverished Italian island, a free-spirited woman is accused of madness by townspeople fed up with her antics.
Respiro -- On an impoverished Italian island, a free-spirited woman is accused of madness by townspeople fed up with her antics.

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Emanuele Crialese (written by)
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22 May 2002 (Italy) See more »
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On an impoverished Italian island, a free-spirited woman is accused of madness by townspeople fed up with her antics. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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A "breath" of island air. See more (47 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
Emanuele Crialese 
 
Writing credits
Emanuele Crialese (written by)

Produced by
Raphaël Berdugo .... associate producer
Domenico Procacci .... producer
Anne-Dominique Toussaint .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Andrea Guerra 
John Surman 
 
Cinematography by
Fabio Zamarion 
 
Film Editing by
Didier Ranz 
 
Casting by
Stéphane Zito 
 
Art Direction by
Beatrice Scarpato 
 
Costume Design by
Eva Coen 
 
Makeup Department
Simona Castaldi .... makeup artist
Sabrina Romanelli .... key hair stylist
Ermanno Spera .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Gianluca Chiaretti .... production manager
Luigi Lagrasta .... production supervisor
Michela Rossi .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Peppino Del Volgo .... assistant director
Federico Nuti .... assistant director
Leopoldo Pescatore .... first assistant director
 
Sound Department
Emmanuel Croset .... sound re-recording mixer
Patrick Egreteau .... foley artist
Steven Ghouti .... foley mixer
Hervé Guyader .... chief sound editor
Pierre-Yves Lavoué .... sound mixer
Nicolas Lefebvre .... dialogue editor
Marco Streccioni .... sound engineer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Humberto Contini .... lighting assistant
Claudio Frollano .... gaffer
Sascia Ippoliti .... assistant camera
Ermanno Lubich .... focus puller: underwater unit
Roberto Luzi .... camera operator
Marco Santarelli .... key grip
 
Editorial Department
Franck Nakache .... assistant editor
Annie Pierre .... second assistant editor
Andrea Gargano .... final colorist (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Goffredo Gibellini .... additional score mixing engineer
Angelo Giovagnoli .... orchestra coordinator
Giannandrea Mazza .... music pre-production
Marco Streccioni .... score mix engineer
 
Other crew
Paola Sangiovanni .... script supervisor
Tiziano Tomei .... production assistant
 

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Rated PG-13 for nudity and thematic elements
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95 min | Canada:90 min (Toronto International Film Festival) | USA:90 min
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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
A "breath" of island air., 18 May 2004
Author: Gerald A. DeLuca (italiangerry@gmail.com) from United States

RESPIRO is a lovely and intriguing film set on the lonely Mediterranean island of Lampedusa, between Sicily and Tunisia. The main character is Grazia, played by the marvelously beautiful Valeria Golino. She is a mother with a few problems connecting with reality, a wayward independent spirit who attracts the ire of the islanders, especially the women who view her almost as a witch and her husband Pietro (Vincenzo Amato) who is at his wit's end. It is a theme it shares in common with Tornatore's MALENA, made in 2000.

Grazia has three children: a lovely daughter who is attracted to and attracted by a policeman from the mainland, and two adoring sons, whose affection is overtly and uncomfortably oedipal at times. They spend much of their energies comforting their mom, defending her against verbal attacks, supplying her with food when she goes off into hiding from those who want to send her to Milan for treatment, which, in truth, she probably could use. The rest of the time they are chasing birds, hanging out on the main drag with the girls and other friends. Pantsing each other on the beach seems to have become one of the island's most common sporting activities among the young.

What I like most about the movie, besides the appealing scenery, was the interrelations of the characters, the humor, petty gossips, the impromptu emotional outbursts, the displays of maternal and filial affection. The two boys are tremendous: the older Pasquale (Francesco Casisa) is the more mature of the two. The younger Filippo (Filippo Pucillo) has an unregulated diarrhea mouth filled with hilarious and inspired ravings, often without sense. His rant against the busybody women is a treasure, as is his little-brother-as-big-brother protectiveness of his sister from the policeman-friend. The boy embodies an epic Italianate inflammability far beyond his years.

The mysterious end evocative ending, in which Grazia, believed drowned, emerges from the water's depths on Saint Bartolo's Day, is quite beautifully conceived. Fine too are the musical score by John Surman, and the precise and suggestive direction by Emanuele Crialese. I enjoyed this film so much I went to see it several times.

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