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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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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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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Miracle in Lampedusa, 12 June 2003
Author: jotix100 from New York

This is the first film by Emanuele Crialese that has played locally, I think, or if any other has come in, it hasn't played commercially.

The film is beautifully done with the fantastic backdrop of the Italian island of Lampedusa. This is a very arid place with almost no vegetation at all. The heat, obviously, must be oppressive, as the sun punishes this land and its people constantly to the point that children act as savages, as proven by the opening scenes.

Among these rascals are Pasquale and Filippo, the sons of Grazia, the housewife at the center of the story. She lives in her own world. She is a rebel and a free soul. Grazia's actions are seen as madness by her husband Pietro and his mother, who lives next door. It is the classic family from forgotten towns such as this, where everyone knows everyone's business. The only solution for Grazia's problems is to send her away to a Milan institution that perhaps will turn her into a vegetable. Her only sin is to be different, therefore, she is the town's eccentric. All her neighbors think she's a lunatic.

By Grazia withdrawing from the world, she appears to be a maladjusted person, which she isn't. She just loves to be free; swimming is her passion and her life, running around the island in her scooter is another form of freedom from the realities of home. In trying to escape her lot in life, Grazia discovers how much her son Pasquale loves her. The final scenes after the disappearance with the search party on the beach are typical of the same society that condemned Grazia but never took steps to show her any kindness. The miracle that occurs at the end is that perhaps Pietro realizes that in spite of his wife's apparent madness he has found how much he really needs her.

This is a simple story told with a sure hand by the director, who also wrote the screen play.

Valeria Golino, who has spent a few years in minor roles in Hollywood, is very effective as Grazia. She shows a great range of emotions under the sure direction of Crialese. It is amazing no one has made anything worth of Ms. Golino's talent, or that she has been forgotten by the Italian cinema; or that no one has come to her with projects such as this film.

As her husband, Vincenzo Amato is very effective. Also, Francesco Casisa as Pasquale makes a splendid appearance. This young man with the proper guidance has the potential of making a big splash in the Italian cinema.

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