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The Protagonists (1999)

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An Italian movie crew goes to London to make a documentary about a murder case that took place a few years before.

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Luca Guadagnino

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Luca Guadagnino (screenplay), Luca Guadagnino (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Tilda Swinton ... Actress
Fabrizia Sacchi ... Herself
Andrew Tiernan ... Mohammed
Claudio Gioè ... Happy
Paolo Briguglia Paolo Briguglia ... Billy
Michelle Hunziker Michelle Hunziker ... Sue
Jhelisa Jhelisa ... Herself
Laura Betti ... Judge
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Storyline

An Italian movie crew goes to London to see a very close friend of the director, Tilda Swinton, who leads them on the trail of an actual event that took place a few years before - about two teenagers who murdered a complete stranger simply to prove themselves that they had the courage to do it. Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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Crime | Thriller

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Country:

Italy

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 September 1999 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Протагонисты See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

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1.85 : 1
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This is the second of twelve collaborations between director Luca Guadagnino and editor Walter Fasano. The others are Qui (1997), L'uomo risacca (2000), Mundo civilizado (2003), Melissa P. (2005), Io sono l'amore (2009), Chronology (2010), Destinée (2012), Bertolucci on Bertolucci (2013), A Bigger Splash (2015), Call Me by Your Name (2017) and Suspiria (2018). See more »

Soundtracks

Years Fall Away
(Piano Version)
Performed by Pino Iodice
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So touching
26 January 2018 | by knvixenSee all my reviews

A film about people making a film about a senseless murder sounds complicated, but it isn't. Using documentary and fantasy sequences along with the basic premise, it just works. The editing and cinematography create a visual treat that challenges you with great reward, the soundtrack complements the visuals so well and Tilda is her usual perfect self. The story is heartbreaking and handled with complete respect and honour for the man and his family. If you think The Princess Bride is the best film ever you won't like it, but then you don't deserve something as interesting and beautiful as this. I admit, it made me cry.


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