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Melissa P. (2005)

An adolescent girl, living with her mother and her grandmother, will have her first sexual experiences in a heavy and excessive way.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Melissa P.
Letizia Ciampa ... Manuela
Primo Reggiani ... Daniele
Fabrizia Sacchi ... Daria
... Nonna Elvira
Nilo Zimmerman ... Marco (as Nilo Mur)
... Custode del museo
Carlo Antonelli ... Prof. Italiano
... Istruttore di nuoto
... Chiunque
... Arnaldo
... Clelia
Davide Pasti ... Leo
Francesca Madaro ... Livia
Esmeralda Prete ... Titti
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Melissa lives with her mother and her grandmother in Sicily. She has a close relationship with her grandmother, a heavy smoker, who seems to be the only person in the world who understands Melissa. Melissa's father lives in another country. One day Melissa and her friend go to a party at a school friend's home. While there, Melissa meets Daniele, a boy from the school, and has her first sexual experience. The experience is far from being what Melissa always has dreamed it would be, because Daniele forces her and later forgets her. However, Melissa has fallen in love with Daniele. Back at school, when Melissa tries to get Daniele's attention, he barely remembers her. He takes advantage of Melissa's feelings for him, convincing her to have sex with him whenever he wants. When Melissa discovers Daniele's true motivations, she takes revenge by having even wilder sexual experiences with him and other boys. She even begins keeping a diary to document her sexual experiences. Melissa's mother... Written by DM

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You have to lose yourself before you can find yourself

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$606,934 (Italy), 2 December 2005
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Although she trained for a few months, 'Maria Valverde''s Italian wasn't good enough, so she was dubbed. As consolation, Valverde dubbed herself for the Spanish version. See more »

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Nonna Elvira: Paradise is where I am, your grandpa used to say.
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Cousteau's Zodiac
Written by Axel Pi (as Axel Pi Caballero), Jesús Senra (as Jesús Martín Senra) and Marc Herreros Ros
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Weak
2 June 2018 | by See all my reviews

'Melissa P.' is far too weak and clichéd to be a good film. Upon enjoying 'Lo Sono L'amore' and 'A Bigger Splash' and anticipating 'Call Me By Your Name' I figured I should watch all the other films by Italian director Luca Guadagnino. Due to other poor reviews, and the fact that this is one of Guadagnino's early films, I didn't have many high expectations. However, even my mediocre expectations were disappointed by this film. The story was poorly handled and saturated with predictable clichés that caused the film to be un engaging. Surely though, since this is labelled as an "erotic drama" the love scenes will be appealing? Not at all. They were filmed in a very amateur manner and they were cut short, so nothing really happened. For a movie entered around an individual's sex life, all the sexual tension leads up to a few moments of kissing and then before things get excessive, it's cut short. However, there were a few moments of this film that were rather good, such as the character of Melissa's grandmother, played by the wonderful Geraldine Chaplin. The leading role of Melissa was also played quite well by María Valverde and she pulled off the sexually-charged character quite well. There were also a few moments where Guadagnino's potential was shown through some beautifully filmed scenes that is essentially a good indication of the good to come in his future films. While this film had it's moments, overall it was a disappointing bore. I won't hold this film against Guadagnino as I know it is one of his earlier films, and having seen his more recent, brilliant films, I still commend him as a great director. This movie is a good indication of how far Guadagnino has come in his filmography.


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