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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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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
 
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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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46 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
Breathe Deeply, 17 April 2003
Author: alexinaus (afeld@alexanderfeld.com) from Sydney, Australia

In Emanuele Crialese's lyrical drama Respiro, the sky is gorgeous. The sea is gorgeous. The harsh landscape is gorgeous. The children, even when they are behaving like little monsters, are gorgeous. The lead actress is gorgeous. There is so much obvious and intentional gorgeousness about this picture that we have to dig far down, past the scene painting, to find the story.

Although subtitled Grazia's island (Grazia is the lead role, magnificently realised by Valeria Golino), Respiro could have well been called "Scenes from rural Sicilian life", as the scenography, cinematography and tableaux-like imagery seem as important to the director as her thin narrative line. Respiro's locale is Lampedusa, a tiny island far off the west coast of Sicily. About the same latitude as Malta, this place is about as remote as it gets - Tunis is closer than Palermo. It can be safe to say that Italian time here has pretty much stood still for decades; this is Italy of de Sica and Mascagni, not Fellini and Prada. The men go out to sea, the children play, women pack fish, old black-clad crones meddle and the languid summer air of total boredom hangs down from the cloudless sky.

The story is fairly typical, the type that a few great (and many, many average) Italian filmmakers have been serving up for the last three generations - life in the sun drenched rural, ritualistic and tribal south and the saga of one village denizen who dares to break the moulds. How long since Cinema Paradiso?

Grazia (incidentally, the name means "grace" - get it?) is a loving, rebellious humanist - she loves her children, she loves music, she loves swimming in her panties, she loves the Vespa-propelled wind in her hair and loathes the suffering of any living creature. She does not love to cook, or put on rubber wellies and plastic smock to pack sardines. This high-spirited recklessness is just a bit too much for this dusty place and she is duly deemed mad. Golino, who acts in four languages and has had decent parts in Leaving Las Vegas, Immortal Beloved and Frida, is a joy to watch. There is not a moment forced or unnatural about her performance and this is saying a fair bit, considering her several mad scenes. She conveys brilliantly the purgatory of a loving woman who wants more, but knows neither what it is nor how to get it.

After two incidents (one just a bit lusty, the other bordering on a bit off) it is decided by the meddling crones and village busybodies to send Grazia off to a sanatorium in Milan, which might as well be Mars. She will have no part of this and her 13-year-old son hides her in a secluded cave. Her ensuing escape, seclusion and discovery offer us some more gorgeous imagery and displays the motherly bonding quite well. Yes, the imagery does go a bit down the obvious, biblical, redemptive female roads, but it well handled. Water, which has played quite a large role in the director's concept, stars in a few more scenes. It also features in the film's ending, which is spiritual, gorgeous and inconclusive in the same breadth. Love and human devotion may win, but this gal is not going to be packing sardines for much longer!

The movie, considering the almost rudimentary story line, is incredibly rich. The smallest characters are well defined and there is wonderful juxtaposition between formal Italian and the coarse regional dialect. Much of the cast is so natural you could believe them to be locals. The essence of life in such a village is well captured and the relationships within a family are well explored as well. And there is enough of the magical landscape of the place to make you want to board the next Alitalia jet. For a visit, that is.

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