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18 November 2005 (Italy) See more »
You have to lose yourself before you can find yourself
An adolescent girl, living with her mother and her grandmother, will have her first sexual experiences in a heavy and excessive way. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

María Valverde ... Melissa P.
Letizia Ciampa ... Manuela
Primo Reggiani ... Daniele
Fabrizia Sacchi ... Daria

Geraldine Chaplin ... Nonna Elvira
Nilo Zimmerman ... Marco (as Nilo Mur)

Claudio Santamaria ... Custode del museo
Carlo Antonelli ... Prof. Italiano

Pier Giorgio Bellocchio ... Istruttore di nuoto

Marcello Mazzarella ... Chiunque

Elio Germano ... Arnaldo

Alba Rohrwacher ... Clelia
Davide Pasti ... Leo
Francesca Madaro ... Livia
Esmeralda Prete ... Titti
Roberta Bray ... Deborah
Maria Teresa Bagardo ... Signora Adele

Giulio Berruti ... Roberto
Antonella Bizzarro ... Sposa
Vania Cadura ... Vecchina
Rosma Delgado ... Minda
Giacomo Fazi ... Luca
Domenica Gennaro ... Madre della sposa

Giampiero Judica ... Uomo delle giostre
Alessandro Leo ... Cristiano
Giuseppe Manca ... Omar
Eleonora Manganaro ... Lavinia
Massimiliano Mevoli ... Pietro Sciascia
Antonella Pinto ... Professoressa di chimica
Bianca Maria Quarto Colosso ... Giovanna
Peter Shepherd ... Diego
Edit Tafilaj ... Studentessa
Chiara Torelli ... Infermiera
Donato Tronci ... Bidello
Emanuele Viola ... Stefano

Directed by
Luca Guadagnino 
Writing credits
Barbara Alberti (screenplay) &
Cristiana Farina (screenplay) &
Luca Guadagnino (screenplay)

Luca Guadagnino (story) &
Cristiana Farina (story)

Melissa Panarello (memoir) (as Melissa P.)

Produced by
Claudio Amendola .... producer
Iona de Macedo .... executive producer
José Ibáñez .... producer
Gianluca Leurini .... line producer
Roberto Manni .... executive producer
Francesca Neri .... producer
Peter Shepherd .... executive producer
Paulo Simoes .... executive producer
Candice Zaccagnino .... executive producer
Original Music by
Lucio Godoy 
Cinematography by
Mario Amura (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Walter Fasano 
Casting by
Fabiola Banzi 
Production Design by
Gianni Silvestri 
Art Direction by
Ettore Guerrieri 
Set Decoration by
Paola Zamagni 
Costume Design by
Antonella Cannarozzi 
Makeup Department
Paola Cristofaroni .... makeup artist
Elena Gregorini .... hair stylist
Giorgio Gregorini .... hair department head
Peter Nicastro .... assistant hair stylist
Fernanda Perez .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Kerry Fulton .... post-production supervisor (as Kerry Fulton-Peluffo)
Roberto Leone .... unit production manager
Emi Norris .... post-production assistant supervisor (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Valentina Marianini .... second assistant director
Paolo Giacomo Marino .... first assistant director
Art Department
Sebastiano De Caro .... property master
Jonathan Gent .... Artist
Sound Department
Susana Benito .... assistant sound mixer
Alfonso Raposo .... re-recording mixer
Eladio Reguero .... boom operator
Daniel Urdiales .... sound recordist
Ricardo Viñas .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Christian Zampagni .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Tiberio Angeloni .... special effects
Franco Galiano .... special effects supervisor
Paolo Galiano .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Iñaki Bilbao .... digital conform editor
Gabriele Diaferia .... digital compositor
Raquel García .... digital compositor
Paolo Lato .... visual effects producer
Javier Martínez Calvo .... graphic designer
Pietro Ponti .... CG artist
Telson S.L. .... post-production visual effects
Josè Sala .... digital compositor
Nicola Scarpinato .... 3D supervisor
Fernando Serrano .... graphic designer
Emiliano Novelli .... stunts
Angelo Ragusa .... stunt coordinator
Tatiana Romanova .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Alessandro Bolognesi .... camera operator
Danilo Caruso .... underwater camera operator
Danilo Caruso .... underwater focus puller
Aldo Chessari .... underwater camera operator
Fabrizio Di Giulio .... still photographer
Danilo Di Palma .... electrician
Maurizio di Stefano .... gaffer
Paolo Di Stefano .... electrician
Andrea Doria .... first assistant camera
Marcello Negretti .... key grip
Valter Pavia .... grip
Alessandro Picchi .... electrician
Cristiano Rossi .... video assist operator
Lorenzo Sardini .... grip
Simone Trecca .... underwater assistant camera
Massimiliano Zenga .... assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sonia Travaglia .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Chema Alba .... scanning and film recording
Eva Alonso .... post-production coordinator
María Gorrón .... post-production coordinator
Noelia Gorrón .... post-production coordinator
Enrique Jiménez .... colorist
Nuria López .... scanning and film recording
Alessandra Malvestito .... assistant editor
Vanessa Marimbert .... assistant editor (as Vanessa L. Marimbert)
Verónica Pérez .... scanning and film recording
Francisco Román .... post-production coordinator
Silvia Torralba .... post-production coordinator
Music Department
Xavier Capellas .... music arranger (as Xavi Capellas)
Xavier Capellas .... orchestrator (as Xavi Capellas)
José Luis Crespo .... score recording engineer
Juan Pablo González Saccone .... assistant music engineer (as PJ Saccone)
Zacarías M. de la Riva .... orchestrator
Other crew
Massimo Aversano .... chief accountant
Michela Bozzini .... script supervisor
Maurizio Cusano .... extras coordinator
Federica De Vita .... payroll
Enrico Lucherini .... publicist
Romani Nadia .... assistant extras coordinator
Giorgia Passarelli .... production coordinator
Gianluca Pignatelli .... publicist

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Although she trained for a few months, 'Maria Valverde''s Italian wasn't good enough, so she was dubbed. As consolation, Valverde dubbed herself for the Spanish version.See more »
Nonna Elvira:Paradise is where I am, your grandpa used to say.See more »
Aimer est mourir & materico, concretoSee more »


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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Lurid confessions of a teenage sex addict, 28 August 2014
Author: lazarillo from Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile

There are several things that annoy me about modern-day teen films to the extent that I very rarely watch them. First, the "teenagers" these films are invariably played by very attractive, mature-looking actors (this is the nature of cinema in general, but it probably doesn't do much for the self esteem of actual teenagers). Second, teenagers in movies are always single-mindedly obsessed with sex to the exclusion of pretty much anything else. (When was the last time you saw a film about a group of teenage friends making a pact to all get into a good college before they graduate?). Third, despite the obsessive focus on sex and an entire cast of gorgeous twenty-something "teenagers", American teen films at least are ironically quite prudish about actually showing any sex or nudity because they have to get the all-important PG-13 rating from the idiots at the MPAA . On the other hand, if the films are R-rated and aimed more at adults, they tend to be ridiculous alarmist tracts about the morals of "kids today".

This Spanish-Italian co-production is some ways stereotypical, but in some ways refreshing. The lead, Maria Valverde, was only 18 at the time. Still, she is an absolutely beautiful girl and NOT remotely believable as a naive virgin being taken advantage of sexually by her male peers. (Girls that look like her probably don't even date their gawky male peers, and are only taken advantage of by older male modeling agents). She is also quite obsessed with sex and rather unaccountably so. She really doesn't have to give up her virginity to an abusive douchebag, but even if she does, it's not clear why this turns her into the kind of crazed nympho rarely seen outside a porn film. At least this movie does not have to hypocritically kowtow to the MPAA--Valverde's character is first introduced topless and masturbating. And while the subsequent sex scenes aren't necessarily graphic by European standards, they'd no doubt make the blue noses at the MPAA downright apoplectic.

This movie isn't an alarmist indictment of a whole generation, but it is guilty of lurid sensationalism. It was based on a "confessional" teen autobiography that in turn was probably inspired by the seminal confessional teen autobiography "Christiane F.". But instead being about a teen heroin addict, it's about a promiscuous teen sex addict. I have a hard time believing that sex is addictive as heroin though for ANYBODY, but obviously the audience gets more of a vicarious thrill from watching a pretty teenage girl having lots of sex than watching a scuzzy junkie shoot up. This movie does try to delve into other areas of the girl's life like her relationship with neglectful, lonely and single (but, of course, very attractive) mother, and her beloved grandmother (Vanessa Redgrave),who's hilariously stuck in the libertine Swinging 60's era.

Maria Valverde would go on to better things like "Cracks" with Eva Green and Juno Temple, and "Madrid 67", which was even more sexually graphic, but also gave her much more opportunity to act. This was a pretty inauspicious debut for her, but it's not terrible.

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