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Stay As You Are (1978)

Così come sei (original title)
Stuck in a dysfunctional marriage, a middle-aged architect has a chance encounter with an alluring student, and begin seeing each other. He wants to be loved; she needs a meaningful relationship; however, could he be her missing father?


Alberto Lattuada


Paolo Cavara (story), Enrico Oldoini (story) | 2 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Marcello Mastroianni ... Giulio Marengo
Nastassja Kinski ... Francesca
Francisco Rabal ... Lorenzo
Giuliana Calandra ... Teresa
Ania Pieroni ... Cecilia
Mónica Randall ... Luisa Marengo (as Monica Randal)
Barbara De Rossi ... Ilaria Marengo
José María Caffarel ... Bartolo
Maria Pia Attanasio Maria Pia Attanasio ... Contessa Archi
Raimondo Penne Raimondo Penne ... Notaio
Claudio Aliotti Claudio Aliotti
Massimo Bonetti Massimo Bonetti ... Allenatore cavalli
Mario Cecchi Mario Cecchi ... Il giardiniere
Adriana Falco Adriana Falco ... Segretaria di giulio
Rodolfo Bigotti Rodolfo Bigotti ... Second Rider


Stuck in a dysfunctional and suffocating marriage, the middle-aged landscape architect, Giulio, has a chance encounter with the fresh and alluring Florentine student, Francesca. The physical attraction between the two strangers is as fascinating as it is irresistible--Giulio feels how it is to be loved and be young again; Francesca yearns for a meaningful relationship, and to experience the safety of true love. As a result, more and more, Giulio feels the insurmountable need to see the young seductress again and again, despite Francesca's connection to an old flare. Could Giulio, indeed, be Francesca's missing father? Written by Nick Riganas

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The story of an impossible love.


Drama | Romance


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Giulio Marengo: Do you realize how much older I am than you? I have a wife, a daughter, and there are so many other obstacles.
Francesca: Oh, you don't have to marry me!
Giulio Marengo: You've some sense of humor! A love affair at your age is very beautiful. However, at my age...
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Lyrics by Michael Fraser
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Odd scene
22 February 2004 | by ethylesterSee all my reviews

I saw this movie a few years ago and have forgotten most of it. However, there was a scene that stuck out and has haunted me ever since. The scene where the girl pees in a cup and makes tricks the man into drinking it. She thinks this is really funny and makes him bite her butt. Yeah, that is one of the oddest sex scenes I have ever seen and it's the only thing I remember about this movie.

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14 September 1978 (Italy) See more »

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