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The Girl by the Lake -- The body of a young woman is found in a small and quiet town in North Italy. A detective from the nearby main city is called to solve the mystery.


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14 September 2007 (Italy) See more »
The body of a young woman is found in a small and quiet town in North Italy. A detective from the nearby main city is called to solve the mystery. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Toni Servillo ... Commissario Sanzio
Denis Fasolo ... Roberto
Nello Mascia ... Alfredo
Giulia Michelini ... Francesca
Marco Baliani ... Nadal
Fausto Maria Sciarappa ... Ispettore Lorenzo Siboldi
Franco Ravera ... Mario
Sara D'Amario ... Dott.ssa Giani
Heidi Caldart ... Silvia Nadal

Alessia Piovan ... Anna Nadal
Nicole Perrone ... Marta

Anna Bonaiuto ... Moglie di Sanzio
Omero Antonutti ... Padre di Mario

Fabrizio Gifuni ... Corrado Canali

Valeria Golino ... Chiara Canali
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Augusto Balliana ... Fotografo scientifica
Enrico Cavallero ... Allenatore
Sandra Cosatto ... Madre di Roberto
Daniele Griggio ... Medico legale
Maria Sole Mansutti ... Madre di Marta
Marzia Postagna ... Zia di Marta
Giuliano Zannier ... Carlo

Directed by
Andrea Molaioli 
Writing credits
Karin Fossum (novel)

Sandro Petraglia (screenplay)

Ludovica Rampoldi (screenplay collaboration)

Produced by
Carlotta Calori .... executive producer
Francesca Cima .... producer
Chiara Cordaro .... executive producer
Nicola Giuliano .... producer
Lara Lucchetta .... executive producer
Original Music by
Teho Teardo 
Cinematography by
Ramiro Civita 
Film Editing by
Giogiò Franchini 
Casting by
Anna Maria Sambucco 
Production Design by
Alessandra Mura 
Costume Design by
Jessica Zambelli 
Makeup Department
Aldina Governatori .... hair stylist
Fernanda Perez .... makeup artist (as Fernanda Lucia Perez)
Production Management
Gennaro Marchitelli .... production manager
Viola Prestieri .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Loredana Conte .... assistant director
Ciro Scognamiglio .... second assistant director
Art Department
Michelangelo Barbieri .... assistant propman
Fabio Braida .... propman
Cristina Del Zotto .... second assistant production designer
Cristian Marchetti .... property master
Amenah Mohamed Nabil .... assistant production designer
Marco Savino .... props
Sound Department
Gianluca Basili .... sound effects editor
Sergio Basili .... foley artist
Alessandro Molaioli .... boom operator b
Silvia Moraes .... sound editor
Alessandro Palmerini .... boom operator
Angelo Raguseo .... sound re-recording mixer
Antonio Tirinelli .... sound effects editor
Alessandro Zanon .... sound
Visual Effects by
Stefano Camberini .... digital intermediate
Marina Di Patrizi .... film recording
Simone Fontana .... digital intermediate
Stefano Marinoni .... visual effects supervisor
Federica Nisi .... visual effects coordinator
Pablo Mariano Picabea .... film recording
Paola Trisoglio .... visual effects producer
Paolo Verrucci .... digital mastering colorist
Camera and Electrical Department
Federico Angelucci .... assistant camera
Flavio Bettin .... electrician
Alessia Bulgari .... still photographer
Ramiro Civita .... camera operator
Federico Conte .... chief electrician
Claudio Conti .... grip
Roberto De Paolis .... still photographer
Luca De Santis .... electrician
Massimo Dechellis .... electrician (as Massimo De Chellis)
Marco Francescon .... generator operator
Paolo Jacob .... still photographer
Walter Mazzaroli .... electrician
Giancarlo Mereschini .... grip (as Giancarlo Moreschini)
Roberto Moreschini .... key grip
Matteo Ortolani .... camera loader
Matteo Ortolani .... second assistant camera
Emilio Quinzi .... grip
Alessandro Russo .... grip (as Sandro Russo)
Davide Sondelli .... steadicam operator
Deborah Vrizzi .... video assist (as Debora Vrizzi)
Casting Department
Gabriella Giannattasio .... casting assistant
Antonella Perrucci .... additional casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Giuseppina Lazazzara .... sewer
Roberta Nicodemo .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Mascia Calamandrei .... assistant editor
Elide Camberini .... color timer
Pasquale Cuzzupoli .... post-production supervisor
Fabio Filoni .... digital media coordinator
Matteo Gherardini .... second assistant editor
Ignazio Giovacchini .... post-production coordinator (as Ignazio Umberto Giovacchini)
Stefano Giovannini .... film lab coordinator
Aline Hervé .... assistant editor
Fiorenza Muller .... assistant editor
Filippo Pichi .... post-production coordinator
Giovanna Ritter .... assistant editor
Bino Salis .... digital film supervisor
Music Department
Martina Bertoni .... musician: cello
Lina Cardillo .... music administrator
Lucia Clonfero .... musician: violin
Anna Collabolletta .... music coordinator
Giuditta Cossio .... musician: harp
Remy Dault .... musician: viola
Eric Friedlander .... musician: cello (as Erik Friedlander)
Lee Leibowitz .... musician: double bass (as Lee Leibowiz)
Diego Nardini .... musician: violin
Giacomo Orsi .... musician: violin
Susan Rosenthal .... musician: viola
Teho Teardo .... musician: guitars, piano, bass, programming
Transportation Department
Massimiliano Cedroni .... driver
Marco Di Folco .... driver: camper
Other crew
Rossella Aterrano .... accountant
Cinzia Castania .... continuity
Lora Del Monte .... production secretary (as Loreta Del Monte)
Giuseppe Di Gangi .... assistant unit manager
Patrizia Di Lenardo .... location manager: Friuli Venezia Giulia
Maria Teresa Favia .... assistant production secretary
Francesco Imposimato .... production assistant
Tanja Lunardelli .... assistant production secretary
Elis Pantarotto .... production secretary
Paola Pegoraro .... production coordinator
Sandra Polito .... assistant production secretary
Lorenzo Rossi Espagnet .... assistant production secretary
Daniela Staffa .... press agent
Anna Tramontano .... accountant
Elena Tramontano .... accountant
Massimiliano Tramontano .... accountant
Gabriella Ziraldo .... assistant production secretary
Saverio Anzelutti .... thanks
Silvia Arpinelli .... thanks
Sabrina Baracetti .... thanks
Angelo Barbagallo .... thanks
Massimo Barillari .... thanks
Giovanni Belmonte .... thanks
Antonio Bernardi .... thanks
Thomas Bertacche .... thanks
Franco Biffoni .... thanks
Walter Bonatti .... thanks
Roberto Camba .... thanks
Mirella Campagnolo .... thanks
Paolo Caramella .... thanks
Valerio Caroselli .... thanks
Sandro Ceccotti .... thanks
Giuseppe Cher .... thanks
Gianluca Cima .... thanks
Mario Cisillino .... thanks
Pier Francesco Citriniti .... thanks
Angelo Curti .... thanks
Stefano d'Avella .... thanks
Giovanni D'Avino .... thanks
Spina Davide .... thanks
Monika De Agostani .... thanks
Alessio De Chellis .... thanks
Tiziana De Mario .... thanks
Valerio De Paolis .... thanks
Ezio De Toni .... thanks
Carmen Delise .... thanks
Crisilde Dominici .... thanks
Aida Fabro .... thanks
Mario Faidiga .... thanks
Maurizio Ferrara .... thanks
Lino Fiorito .... thanks
Gennaro Formisano .... thanks
Sabina Francescatto .... thanks
Claudia Ianich .... thanks
Francesco Imposimato .... thanks
Sanità Infante .... thanks
Elgar Keller .... thanks
Anna Lenisa .... thanks
Narciso Levan .... thanks
Marta Maffucci .... thanks
Gianna Malisani .... thanks
Giampiero Manea .... thanks
Angelo Marchesani .... thanks
Stefano Meloni .... thanks
Alessandro Miconi .... thanks
Nanni Moretti .... thanks
Gianni Pace .... thanks
Giuseppe Padulano .... thanks
Roberto Pegoraro .... thanks
Orazio Pellizzari .... thanks
Nadia Picco .... thanks
Francesco Piccolo .... thanks
Stefano Pizzolitto .... thanks
Federico Poillucci .... thanks
Guendalina Ponti .... thanks
Giuliana Pugnetti .... thanks
Luca Simonaggi .... thanks
Paolo Sorrentino .... thanks
Kiko Stella .... thanks
Maria Pia Tamburini .... thanks
Donatella Zaccaro .... thanks
Luigi Zilli .... thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"La ragazza del lago" - Italy (original title)
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95 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »

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Continuity: When Roberto is running away from the police, first he runs on the left bank of the river. In the following shot he is running on the right bank, and then on the left bank again.See more »
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18 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
An 'existential' police procedural, 6 June 2008
Author: Chris Knipp from Berkeley, California

This film set in a mountain valley, well received at Venice last year and feted in Italy, is a slow burner for sure. It's sometimes a little hard to tell if it still has a pulse. But it does move on well-oiled wheels. It develops its portrait of malaise with steely control. As in any good murder mystery, which is what this is, everybody has secrets to hide. Many are simply repressed. Others are depressed, angry, or impaired. Several are seriously ill. Perhaps it should come as no surprise that the story is adopted from a Scandinavian source; the lago (lake) was originally a fjord, and the book was Karin Fossum's bestseller mystery novel Don't Look Back (apologies to Nicolas Roeg), which Sandro Petraglia adapted for the screen in collaboration with directorial debutant Molaioli.

Things start when little six-year-old Marta (Nicole Perrone), who has spent the night with her aunt, is sent off home, but on her way is talked into mounting the van of somebody she knows (in this town, everybody knows everybody else), and her safe trip home is derailed. Later, Marta's mother (Maria Sole Mansutti) frantic with worry, and a search that extends beyond the town is begun. The culprit is Mario (Franco Ravera), who's crazy. Harmless, some say. Till he's not, says another.

Though this may seem more a study of provincial angst than a police procedural, the most angst-ridden and the center of the story is a former homicide cop, Inspector Sanzio (well played by noted director and theater man Toni Servillo). He's newly arrived in these parts (Carnia, in the Friuli), but his instincts were immediately awakened by Marta's disappearance. Than Anna Nadal (Alessia Piovan) is found dead by the side of the lake, arranged in a peaceful position and with a coat over her naked body.

Anna has a father, Davide Nadal (Marco Baliani), who loved her excessively; his videos of her have an almost voyeuristic quality. The father of Mario (Omero Antonutti), hated Anna because she had thin legs, and he saw her often running up in the mountains. She was a gifted hockey player, but has recently quit and only runs. The autopsy reveals surprising things about Anna. She has a boyfriend, Alfredo (Nello Mascia), who goes into a funk and stops reporting to work. He's found trying to erase Anna's CD-Roms and with other incriminating evidence. There's another man who says Anna had a crush on him. Meanwhile we get to know the stony-faced but technically impeccable Inspector Sanzio further. His wife is (Anna Bonaiuto) elsewhere and he is hiding secrets about her from his daughter Francesca (Giulia Michelini), which whom he has an uneasy relationship This may seem revealing too much, but when we know this, we still know little; the essential information is yet to come along with the confession of the murderer. That scene is a little too collegial and flat for anyone with a taste for noir. But this is never noir (black); it's gray, gray and misty. And in this "existential" approach to murder—though this is hardly new—it's not so important Whodunit as what's motivating everyone, and how much lies hidden in a seemingly quiet, well-behaved town, the turbulence below the placid surface of the lake.

Andrea Molaioli has worked with directors Nanni Moretti, Carlo Mazzacurati, and Daniele Lucchetti. The Girl by the Lake/La ragazza del lago swept the Italian Oscars with ten Davide di Donatello awards including Best Film, Best Director, Best Editing, Best Actor (Servillo) and Best Screenplay. Shown at the Open Roads: New Italian Cinema series at Lincoln Center June 2008.

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