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7 May 2004 (Italy) See more »
Valeria is a 26-yr-old inhibited and solitary girl. She lives in Turin, Italy, where she works as a simultaneous translator... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Barbora Bobulova ... Valeria
Andrea Renzi ... Massimo
Brigitte Catillon ... Flavia
Chiara Picchi ... Sonia

Matteo Mussoni ... Andrea
Giorgio Podo ... Lo sconosciuto al pub
Carlotta Centanni ... L'agente immobiliare
Cesare Cremonini ... Il gufo
Natascia Macchniz ... La traduttrice simultanea
Giorgio Marchesi ... Marc
Raffaele Fallica ... Portiere
Danielle Baker ... La relatrice
Guido Zaccagnini ... Il mediatore
Settimio Paciotti ... Il secondo relatore

Directed by
Paolo Franchi 
Writing credits
Paolo Franchi (written by)

Heidrun Schleef (screenplay collaborator) &
Rinaldo Rocco (screenplay collaborator) &
Daniela Ceselli (screenplay collaborator) &
Diego Ribon (screenplay collaborator)

Produced by
Roberto Buttafarro .... producer
Marco Quintili .... producer
Franco Zuliani .... producer
Original Music by
Carlo Crivelli 
Cinematography by
Giuseppe Lanci 
Stefano Paradiso 
Film Editing by
Alessio Doglione 
Casting by
Stefania De Santis 
Art Direction by
Ettore Guerrieri 
Production Management
John Cesaroni .... post-production supervisor
Simona Ferraro .... collaborating production director
Roberto Leone .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paolo Bartoli .... second assistant director
Angelo Vicari .... first assistant director
Art Department
Claudia Cosenza .... set dresser
Sound Department
Angelo Amatulli .... boom operator
Benni Atria .... sound editor
Marzia Cordò .... dialogue editor
Francesca Genevois .... dialogue editor
Andrea Lancia .... sound supervisor
Alessandro Zanon .... sound
Special Effects by
Franco Galiano .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Massimo Barbona .... key grip
Roberto Belli .... gaffer
Andrea Collepiccolo .... first assistant camera
Stefano Paradiso .... Steadicam operator
Massimiliano Zenga .... clapper loader
Other crew
Adriano Bassi .... location manager
Erasmo Colucci .... accountant
Franco Giannì .... accountant
Licia Maglietta .... voice dubbing: Brigitte Catillon
Giorgia Passarelli .... production coordinator
Roberto Minutillo .... thanks (as Roberto Minutillo Turtur)
Sara Polidoro .... thanks

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Also Known As:
"La spettatrice" - Italy (original title)
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Italy:98 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Australia:MA (TV rating) | Italy:VM14
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14 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Quietly Surprising Film, 13 October 2004
Author: Jan Lisa Huttner from Brooklyn, NY

We saw La Spettatrice last night @ the Chicago International Film Festival & we were both immensely moved by it. This is a haunting tale of loneliness & missed connection in which the longing for intimacy conflicts with our fear of revealing too much about ourselves to another. The three leads (Barbora Bobulova as Valeria, Brigitte Catillon as Flavia, Andrea Renzi as Massimo) are all excellent and the dynamic between them is very surprising.

After all the movies which devalue older women, it's wonderful to see Flavia (who is a law professor at a university in Rome) presented as beautiful & sensual as well as seductive & powerful. We're conditioned to believe that when a younger woman enters 'the mix,' the older woman will become jealous of the younger woman, the man will leave the older woman for the younger woman, etc, etc. In this film, however, emotional truth is considerably more complex. Highly recommended.

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