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Azzurro (2000)

75-year-old Giuseppe De Metrio has spent 30 years in Geneva, as foreign worker for the Broyer company. Upon retirement, he returned to Puglia, Italy, where his family had continued to live.... See full summary »

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Denis Rabaglia
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paolo Villaggio ... Giuseppe De Metrio
Francesca Pipoli Francesca Pipoli ... Carla De Metrio
Marie-Christine Barrault ... Elizabeth Broyer
Jean-Luc Bideau ... Gaston Broyer
Renato Scarpa ... Giorgio
Julien Boisselier ... Pascal Broyer
Antonio Petrocelli Antonio Petrocelli ... Roberto De Metrio
Soraya Sala Soraya Sala ... Lucia De Metrio (as Soraya Gomaa)
Tom Novembre Tom Novembre ... Philippe
Graziano Giusti Graziano Giusti ... Professor Papaleo
Anna Ferruzzo Anna Ferruzzo ... Female Nurse
Domenico Carli Domenico Carli ... Priest
Maria Palumbo Maria Palumbo ... Weeping Lady
Emmanuela Iannacci Emmanuela Iannacci ... Weeping Lady
Antonio Miggiano Antonio Miggiano ... Vittorio Stefanelli
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Storyline

75-year-old Giuseppe De Metrio has spent 30 years in Geneva, as foreign worker for the Broyer company. Upon retirement, he returned to Puglia, Italy, where his family had continued to live. His only grandchild, 7-year-old Carla, is blind. The whole family looks forward hopefully to the day when Carla's sight can be restored by means of a cornea transplantation. After a heart attack, Giuseppe decides to wait no longer and returns to Switzerland to ask his former boss Mr. Broyer for the money necessary for the operation, as an old promise binds the two men. Intended as a 48-hour trip, Giuseppe and Carla's visit in Switzerland becomes a journey that both grandfather and granddaughter never dreamt of... Written by www.swissfilms.ch

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Denis Rabaglia's father was actually a building worker and did invent a special type of bitumen, just like the hero of the film. See more »

Soundtracks

AZZURRO
Lyrics by Vito Pallavicini
Music by Paolo Conte
Arranged by Louis Crelier
Performed by Paolo Villaggio & Maria Palumbo & Emanuela Iannacci (funeral), Tony Russo (wedding),
Lucia Albertoni (radio)
Courtesy of Clan Edizioni
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A refreshing and sweet film
11 April 2001 | by mont0145See all my reviews

Azzurro is a touching story of a Grandfather, Guiseppe (Paolo Villaggio), who fights against significant odds to pay for the surgery that will restore his blind granddaughter's sight before his weakening heart ends his life. When Guiseppe realizes that the surgery will be impossible in his home in Italy, he and his Granddaughter, (Francesca Pipoli), leave for Switzerland, seeking the help of his former employer. In the process, he confronts and ultimately resolves matters from his secret past. On top of conveying the strong love between Guiseppe and his Granddaughter, this film presents the theme that a man can achieve those things that are most important to him. It is a refreshing film, and I definitely recommend it to viewers of all ages.


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Country:

Switzerland | Italy | France

Language:

Italian | French

Release Date:

2 August 2001 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Lazur See more »

Filming Locations:

Aigle, Vaud, Switzerland See more »

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Budget:

EUR2,300,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$48,030
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1.85 : 1
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