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The Spectator (2004)
"La spettatrice" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  7 May 2004 (Italy)
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Valeria is a 26-yr-old inhibited and solitary girl. She lives in Turin, Italy, where she works as a simultaneous translator. There are no romantic relationships in her life, but she allows ... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Andrea Renzi ...
Brigitte Catillon ...
Chiara Picchi ...
Giorgio Podo ...
Lo sconosciuto al pub
Carlotta Centanni ...
L'agente immobiliare
Cesare Cremonini ...
Il gufo
Natascia Macchniz ...
La traduttrice simultanea
Giorgio Marchesi ...
Raffaele Fallica ...
Il portiere
Danielle Baker ...
La relatrice
Guido Zaccagnini ...
Il mediatore
Settimio Paciotti ...
Il secondo relatore


Valeria is a 26-yr-old inhibited and solitary girl. She lives in Turin, Italy, where she works as a simultaneous translator. There are no romantic relationships in her life, but she allows herself one almost ritualistic attachment: that of observing Massimo, a man in his forties who lives in the apartment across the street from her, totally unaware of her. Occasionally, they have a few fleeting encounters - Valeria happens to translate for Massimo at a conference - and eventually something starts growing between them. When Massimo moves to Rome, Valeria's existence falls apart. On a sudden impulse, she decides to leave Turin and follow him there. In Rome, Valeria soon finds out that Massimo has another woman - Flavia. Valeria causes an "accidental meeting" with her and a certain immediate sympathy between the two women develops, along with a strange mutual curiosity. Nonetheless, their "friendship" is based on subtle betrayals and lies. Flavia in fact uses Valeria's fragile ... Written by Anonymous

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Eloquent, introspective look into the void
6 March 2008 | by See all my reviews

Perhaps it might be more comfortable to remain spiritually barren, as a byproduct of consumerism or whatever, but once you allow yourself to be sucked into the void inside you get to discover that our souls are the sole power driving us in this world.

Valeria is drift-wood, she is hiding herself, but remains spiritually alive thru a journey into herself, where she discovers that there is nothing there reminiscent of happy-ending propaganda for her.

As the ending monologue unfolds, you will get this hint, like a drift thru an open door that maybe there is nothing out there besides the search itself. Or maybe everything is static around us, and we are merely spectators capable only of internal movement.

This movie will stay with me.

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