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Emanuele Crialese (written by)
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Release Date:
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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19 wins & 9 nominations See more »
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simply wonderful See more (47 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
Emanuele Crialese 
 
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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
 
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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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Referenced in Che saccio (2008)See more »
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18 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
simply wonderful, 14 April 2003
Author: dirkjot from leipzig, san diego, nijmegen or canterbury

This is really and simply a wonderful film. I saw it by accident, so it took me by surprise. The film is like other (very good) Italian films in that it features a simple story, wonderful characters, lots of 'couleur locale', and very good actors. And then add some very nice shots and a superb location.

If I was reading this, I would start to fear for a film that gets lost in its niceness and remains too light. But not Respiro (or Lampedusa, after the island it was filmed at). Already in the opening scenes it is made clear that there is a lot of violence and suspense in the air. Not that there is any blood to be seen in this film. There is a lot of fighting between groups of young boys and the adults defend their honor with physical violence, but things never get really mean.

Between the beauty of the island and the harshness of existence on it walks, no, floats, one woman named Grazia. The camera loves her, her sons love her, and even the other islanders love her. But she too different, too non-conforming to be tolerated in the long run.

In an interesting twist, it is not Grazia but her son Pasquale who is the story teller in this film. We see things through his eyes and it is only through him that we get to know his wonderful but mysterious mother. Like the rest of the village, Pasquale is torn between convention and love for her. With him being a 13 (or so) year old in a very traditional family, it is totally believable that we see Pasquale commanding his mother to not swim in the sea in one scene, and adoringly follow her in the next.

And this sums up the film for me: A simple but beautiful story, with an undercurrent of critique or bewilderment at the traditional family style and its low tolerance for being different; a very positive outlook and a love for life, which is shared by all and reflected in the end of the movie; and beautiful and sometimes magical atmosphere which is the most difficult thing ever to create in a movie.

Go see this movie!

PS I you like this movie, consider seeing Blier's "Un, deux, trois, soleil" which is so obscure that I wanted to mention it here.

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