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A nearly sightless boy is sent to a school for blind children, where he secretly discovers the possibilities of the recorded sound. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Francesco Campobasso ... Davide
Luca Capriotti ... Mirco
Marco Cocci ... Ettore
Simone Colombari ... Padre
Alessandro Fiori ... Mario
Rosanna Gentili ... Teresa
Simone Gullì ... Felice
Andrea Gussoni ... Valerio
Michele Iorio ... Giacomo

Patrizia La Fonte ... Suor Santa
Francesca Maturanza ... Francesca
Norman Mozzato ... School Director

Paolo Sassanelli ... Don Giulio

Directed by
Cristiano Bortone 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Cristiano Bortone 
Paolo Sassanelli 
Monica Zapelli 

Produced by
Cristiano Bortone .... producer
Ivan Fiorini .... line producer
Daniele Mazzocca .... producer
Original Music by
Ezio Bosso 
Cinematography by
Vladan Radovic 
Film Editing by
Carla Simoncelli 
Production Design by
Davide Bassan 
Costume Design by
Monica Simeone 
Makeup Department
Walter Cossu .... makeup artist
Massimo De Pellegrino .... hair stylist
Production Management
Elia Mazzoni .... production manager
Valerio Palusci .... unit production manager
Art Department
Sergio Tribastone .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Stefano Campus .... sound mixer
Goffredo Gibellini .... sound recording engineer
Stefano Grosso .... sound effects editor
Mirko Perri .... sound editor
Louis Siciliano .... sound designer
Visual Effects by
Stefano Marinoni .... visual effects supervisor
Federica Nisi .... visual effects coordinator
Paola Trisoglio .... visual effects producer
Camera and Electrical Department
Matteo Carlesimo .... Steadicam operator
Federico Martucci .... focus puller
Raffaele Massa .... camera operator
Virgilio Palone .... gaffer
Peter Zuffa .... assistant camera
Casting Department
Riccardo Rogazione .... casting assistant
Editorial Department
Francesco Garrone .... first assistant editor
Rocio Valladares Alegria .... digital colorist
Rocio Valladares Alegria .... telecine colorist: dailies
Location Management
Giuseppe Scarpulla .... location manager
Music Department
Goffredo Gibellini .... score mix engineer
Angelo Giovagnoli .... orchestra contractor
Angelo Giovagnoli .... orchestra coordinator
Louis Siciliano .... composer: additional music
Other crew
Fabio Di Biasi .... cashier
Francesco Gentile .... production secretary
Nicoletta Grillo .... cashier
Massimo Monachini .... financial consultant
Mauro Monachini .... administrator
Aldo Piccapane .... extras coordinator
Vela Todorovic .... script supervisor
Claire Viroulaud .... press attache france

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Also Known As:
"Rosso come il cielo" - Italy (original title)
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96 min
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a rightly heartening crowd-pleaser, 31 July 2017
Author: lasttimeisaw from China

Occasionally, it is salutary to watch something extraordinary achieved by ordinary people to temporarily forget about the tumultuous world where we live in presently, and Italian filmmaker Cristiano Bortone's third feature film RED LIKE THE SKY is the rightly heartening crowd-pleaser saving its faintly cutesy enactment.

The film is inspired by the true story of Mirco Mencacci (Capriotti), a boy living in a sun-drenched Toscana with his parents in the 70s, whose carefree life is abruptly deprived by an accident and he is afflicted with the irreversible condition of losing his sight (the most egregious renunciation should be meted out to his parents, what kind of a parent would keep a loaded rifle hanging in their home within the reach of a child?), and according to the law, he must be sent to a Catholic school for blind kids.

The most endearing moments are always those with the real blind kids, who play Mirco's fellow schoolmates and among those, there is Felice (a cherubic Gullì), who will become Mirco's best friend. And there is a sighted girl too, Francesca (Maturanza), takes the onus as the guiding light so that they sneak out of the school in one night to listen to a movie in the local cinema and predictably develops a puppy love with Mirco. The leitmotif here is to rebel against the oppressive administration influenced by religious clout, and to embrace life through one's unique talent, for Mirco and co. is to record a fairy tale exclusively through sound and voice, an audio book graced with ingenious recordings of sound effects, that is Mirco's forte and indeed he would become a film sound mixer/editor in the future, working in Fausto Brizzi's NIGHT BEFORE THE EXAMS (2006).

Compared with Bortone's tender circumspection and undivided concentration on the children players, the film's adult wrangle, namely a sage teacher Don Giulio (Sassanelli) versus the hidebound school director (Mozzato) is squarely delivered with rigid harangue deplete of any flair and its broader social milieu is considerably skimped, to say less of its Communist undertone which an Italian might presume is what the title refers to.

A sympathetic piece of Bildungsroman most extraordinarily accomplished by a sensitive leading performance from the assumedly blind actor Luca Capriotti, the film is his only acting credit as yet. Not intending to take any shine off Bortone and his team's scrupulous dedication in coordinating a cast chiefly composed of non-professional blind kids, it is a story has an immanent and affecting strength to be hailed and proselytized universally, a windfall for any visionary raconteur.

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