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The Tiger and the Snow (2005)

La tigre e la neve (original title)
A love-struck Italian poet is stuck in Iraq at the onset of an American invasion.

Director:

Roberto Benigni

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Cast

Credited cast:
Roberto Benigni ... Attilio de Giovanni
Jean Reno ... Fuad
Nicoletta Braschi ... Vittoria
Tom Waits ... Himself
Emilia Fox ... Nancy Browning
Gianfranco Varetto Gianfranco Varetto ... Avvocato Scuotilancia
Giuseppe Battiston ... Ermanno
Lucia Poli Lucia Poli ... Signora Serao
Chiara Pirri Chiara Pirri ... Emilia
Anna Pirri Anna Pirri ... Rosa
Andrea Renzi ... Dottor Guazzelli
Abdelhafid Metalsi Abdelhafid Metalsi ... Dottore Salman
Amid Farid Amid Farid ... Al Giumeil
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mohmed Hedi Bahri Mohmed Hedi Bahri ... Firas scarpe
Franco Barbero Franco Barbero
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Storyline

Love and injury in time of war. Attilio de Giovanni teaches poetry in Italy. He has a romantic soul, and women love him. But he is in love with Vittoria, and the love is unrequited. Every night he dreams of marrying her, in his boxer shorts and t-shirt, as Tom Waits sings. Vittoria travels to Iraq with her friend, Fuad, a poet; they are there with the second Gulf War breaks out. Vittoria is injured. Attilio must get to her side, and then, as war rages around him, he must find her the medical care she needs. In war, does love conquer all? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Details

Official Sites:

Pathé [France]

Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | English | Arabic | French

Release Date:

14 October 2005 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Tiger and the Snow See more »

Filming Locations:

Naples, Campania, Italy See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,116,727 (Italy), 4 November 2005

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,025, 31 December 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$9,047, 7 January 2007

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$24,000,000, 28 December 2006
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Roberto Benigni named his character "Attilio" as a tribute to poet Attilio Bertolucci (1911-2000) father of famous directors Giuseppe and Bernardo Bertolucci. See more »

Goofs

When Attilio is stopped by US soldiers near Baghdad, a tall mountain range can be seen in the background, when there are no such mountains anywhere near Baghdad. See more »

Quotes

Attilio de Giovanni: [in broken English] Tell him to stay calm! He's very nervous... he's going to shoot me; he's shaking! Stay calm! Molto calmo! Stay calm, I am having heart attack!
[breathes heavy]
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Features The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) See more »

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Granada
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A Nutshell Review: The Tiger and the Snow
4 November 2006 | by DICK STEELSee all my reviews

The Tiger and the Snow is a beautiful romantic movie, and it opened quite perfectly with an awesome ballad "You Can Never Hold Back Spring", performed by Tom Waits himself. Written and directed by Italian Roberto Benigni (famed for the wonderful LIfe is Beautiful), he also stars as the lead Attilio de Giovanni, a lovestruck poet who falls for a woman in his recurring dreams.

Only of course, to wake up each time he dreams of them at the alter, and when she is about to declare her undying love for him, punctuated with promises of hot sex. Yes, you read that right. But I digress. In reality, he's an absent minded poetry professor who always forgets where he parks his car. But despite his quirky looks and demeanor (are Benigni's characters always like that I wonder), imagine the pandemonium within him when he finally meets the woman in his dreams, Vittoria (the object of his obsession played by wife in real life Nicoletta Braschi), an acquaintance of fellow writer Fuad (Jean Reno).

Meeting in the dreams, and meeting for real can hardly be any different, and his infatuation with and love for Vittoria goes unrequited. Until of course we examine through to the rest of the movie, how unconditional and large this love for her is, when he takes it upon himself to journey to and through war-strife Iraq to save her from injury, through hell and high water, in dogged pursuit of elements that can save the love of his life.

Although infused with bits of comedy now and then, the movie takes a long hard look at how much one will do for someone else whom you love deeply. It might be a case of "nothing is impossible", given the will and the affection. But what if you know that what you're doing will likely to be unnoticed, or unappreciated, or unrequited. Then what? Hence the power of unconditional love. Truly very rare indeed. Should you feel, as the movie progresses, that certain bits seemed a little out of place, my advice is to persevere until the end, where a sleight of hand twist is introduced, and given the 20/20 hindsight, you'll begin to ponder, and understand this love a little more.

It's bittersweet, and with moments that might touch you. But alas, this is no Life is Beautiful, and although it has its moments with the beautiful make belief cinematographic elements in the end, it somehow lacked that extra bit of emotional depth to truly move an audience.

Oh, and that fellow blonde teacher, now she's hot!


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