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La vita che vorrei (2004)

An established and famous actor and an aspiring young actress develop a relationship while working together on films. Their mutual attraction and passion draw them together while also pulling them apart.


Giuseppe Piccioni


Linda Ferri (screenplay), Giuseppe Piccioni (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Luigi Lo Cascio ... Stefano / Federico
Sandra Ceccarelli ... Laura / Eleonora
Galatea Ranzi Galatea Ranzi ... Chiara / Vittoria
Fabio Camilli Fabio Camilli ... Raffaele
Antonino Bruschetta ... Luca (as Ninni Bruschetta)
Roberto Citran ... Giordani
Camilla Filippi ... Monica
Paolo Sassanelli ... Diego
Gea Lionello Gea Lionello ... Marina
Sasa Vulicevic Sasa Vulicevic ... Luciano / Conte
Sonia Gessner Sonia Gessner ... Sonia (Nobildonna / Donna Ballo)
Guariente Guarienti Guariente Guarienti ... Nobiluomo
Rossella Gardini Rossella Gardini ... Invitata anteprima
Bruna Bossi Bruna Bossi ... Costumista (as Bruna Maria Bossi)
Katia Pietrobelli Katia Pietrobelli ... Amica ballo


In Rome, the aspirant actress Laura is invited to an audition for the film "La Vita Che Vorrei" by the director, Luca. Laura is the lover of Raffaele, a man with a good standing in the cinema industry, and performs well, reading the dialog with the successful actor Stefano. The extrovert Laura and the self-controlled Stefano are cast in the lead roles and they have a love affair as filmmaking progresses. However, their relationship has ups and downs with the jealousy and ego-centrism of Stefano in a parallel with the characters of the movie. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Release Date:

1 October 2004 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Life That I Want See more »


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Opening Weekend:

€423,900 (Italy), 1 October 2004, Limited Release
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Cecarelli's Face
14 December 2007 | by davidtraversa-1See all my reviews

I agree with the other comments in everything. I didn't know the actress Sandra Cecarelli, I was mesmerized by her face, what a Face! What a cinematic presence! She burns a hole on the screen every time she appears! she could have been another Garbo in 1930's Hollywood, or another Ingrid Bergman or another Melina Mercury.

Her voice, also lovely and whispery -sort of Ava Gardner's voice-, reminded me of Laura Antonelli's ultra feminine voice in that incredible masterpiece: "L'Innocente" (1976) by Lucchino Visconti and as a matter of fact, I was thinking about that movie while watching this one, since the film they are shooting within this film, takes place during the same historical period. Could it be that Giuseppe Piccioni (the Director) was influenced by Visconti? The way they blend both stories, the contemporary and the historical - film within the film- is masterful.

Most of the film is totally absorbing, yet, I couldn't explain why I lost interest in it after her pregnancy. It bogs down from then on. Fascinating study of jealousy and machismo. Woman, as usual, the victim. Fascinating also because one will never know (as in My Cousin Rachel) if she is innocent or evil.

We know that her last-second invitation to him to rejoin them (Her and the newborn baby) when leaving the hospital, was the biggest mistake she could've ever committed for her own sake -and why not, maybe the baby's too.

He will never change; at least he was honest enough clarifying this point to her: "I didn't change, but I improved a little". Actors should never fall in love with actors, especially when they are jealous!! Excellent director, excellent cast, excellent music, excellent everything!!

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