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Days (2001)

Giorni (original title)
Claudio is HIV-positive and lead a normal life, at work, with your family, with your boyfriend, until an unexpected passion arises from a one-night stand.



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Complete credited cast:
... Claudio
Riccardo Salerno ... Andrea
Davide Bechini ... Dario
Monica Rametta ... Laura
... Alessandro
Paola Gassman ... Madre
Bruna Rossi ... Irene
Daniela Cerri ... Dottoressa
Francesco Ricci ... Giuseppe
Roberta Cartocci ... Silvia
Antonella Panetta ... Infermiera
Matilde De Sanctis ... Portiera
Ella Catalano ... Agente Immobiliare
Sebastiano Busiri Vici ... Capoufficio
Fabio Muraour ... Massimo


Claudio, 35 years old, manager, has been HIV+ for ten years. His life is marked by the medicine he has to take, his monthly medical examination, his humdrum job, and his long-term relationship with Dario. But when he meets Andrea, a sweet and handsome waiter, his certainties shatter. Written by <aramichael@hotmail.com>

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17 April 2001 (Italy)  »

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Love during the plague
28 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

"Giorni" presents an intriguing premise in that it takes the side of a patient infected with the HIV virus that encounters love and a kind of happiness with another person that is afflicted with it. While some comments in this forum express opinions about how depressing the whole thing is, we hate to differ. There are indications that Claudio, who loved Andrea, finds himself at the end in a positive way and that he is changed for the best.

This Italian film, directed by Laura Muscardin, presents a sobering aspect of people living with the virus. In fact, we would even go to the extent to say it's a frank and sincere effort about people that live with HIV. These individuals suddenly see how slim their chances are to lead a somewhat normal life in a loving relationship.

Claudio's relationship with Dario is a thing of the past, as the movie starts. He is seen taking the cocktail of medicines that are keeping him alive. When the sincere Andrea appears in the picture, Claudio is taken aback by the way he feels about this stranger that genuinely cares for him. Claudio, in fact, while loving Andrea, is surprised by the way the other man has transformed him for the best.

The performance of Riccardo Salerno, who plays Andrea, is in sharp contrast with the intensity Thomas Trabacchi's Claudio. Both these actors make a pair of credible lovers who, although doomed from the start, still take a chance by loving one another. The Andrea of Mr. Salerno speaks volumes, as he convinces the viewer about his love for Claudio. Mr. Salerno's take on his character endears himself to us because one realizes he is the real thing. Mr. Trabacchi has more opportunities to shine, yet, it's the kind Andrea who stays in one's mind.

The film is a serious attempt by the director, Laura Muscardin, to inject intelligence into the relationship between Claudio and Andrea.

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