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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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19 wins & 9 nominations See more »
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Strange but Beguiling Cinema 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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19 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Strange but Beguiling Cinema, 24 October 2003
Author: Mariannah from Vienna, Austria

Sun kissed bodies and azure waters permeate the landscape of Emanuele Crialese's "Respiro", which was a big hit at Cannes. Critics have described the film's simple, character-driven storyline as "very Italianesque", but for me this film has a haunting quality that transcends other recent Italian films and places it amongst the true gems of modern European cinema.

The story revolves around Grazia (an enthralling Valeria Golino) who lives on a picturesque Italian fishing island. She's a beautiful free spirit, but is prone to rabid mood swings and highly erratic behavior. Her husband (Vicenzo Amato) is convinced she is mentally ill, and needs treatment in Milan, but her eldest son Pasquale (Francesco Casisa) is determined to protect her.

There are several other sub plots, involving Pasquale's sister and her involvement with a local cop and gangs of troublesome boys on the beach, but essentially this is a film about Grazia seen through Pasquale's eyes. Having a young boy as the protagonist is fast becoming a trait of Italian cinema ("Cinema Paradiso", "Malena"), but none the less it works well here, perfectly capturing Pasquale divided between convention and his love for his mother.

There is no denying Emanuele Crialese's talent. There are scenes of such haunting beauty throughout this film, captured with Fabio Zamarion's excellent cinematography. The sensuous beauty of Grazia and of the ocean are so alluring and captivating, they draw you into this vivid landscape. This film's ending has to be one of the most haunting scenes I've seen, brilliantly captured and teamed with John Surman's score. It will stay with you for days.

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