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Turning Point 

Il giro di boa (original title)
Det Salvo Montalbano is discouraged by corruption with the force and has thoughts of quitting; until Mimi has his say. Shortly after Salvo comes upon a body while swimming, murdered. In the... See full summary »


Alberto Sironi


Francesco Bruni (teleplay), Andrea Camilleri (novel) | 2 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Luca Zingaretti ... Commissario Salvo Montalbano
Cesare Bocci ... Mimì Augello
Peppino Mazzotta ... Ispettore Giuseppe Fazio
Isabell Sollman Isabell Sollman ... Ingrid Sjöström
Giovanni Argante Giovanni Argante
Elia Schilton Elia Schilton
Gianna Piaz Gianna Piaz
Elio Veller Elio Veller
Roberto Nobile ... Nicolò Zito
Marcello Perracchio Marcello Perracchio ... Dottor Pasquano
Carmela Gentile Carmela Gentile ... Beatrice Di Leo
Angelo Russo Angelo Russo ... Agente Catarella
Davide Lo Verde Davide Lo Verde ... Agente Galluzzo
Marco Cavallaro Marco Cavallaro ... Tortorella
Giuseppe Caponnetto Giuseppe Caponnetto ... Cowherd


Det Salvo Montalbano is discouraged by corruption with the force and has thoughts of quitting; until Mimi has his say. Shortly after Salvo comes upon a body while swimming, murdered. In the course of his investigation he comes upon an illegal immigrant operation. Written by bek010

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Crime | Drama | Mystery



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Italian | Sicilian

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22 September 2005 (Italy) See more »

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Money over human lives
13 October 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Love detective mystery dramas, particularly those from the UK and US ('Inspector Morse', 'A Touch of Frost', 'Foyle's War', 'Inspector George Gently', 'Midsomer Murders', 'Law and Order', 'Criminal Minds', 'Monk' and 'Murder She Wrote' for examples,, and non-English/American ones (i.e. The Swedish 'Wallander' and the Danish 'The Killing') also fascinate me.

'Inspector Montalbano' is one of the best and most entertaining examples. It is not easy breathing freshness into a well-worn genre but 'Inspector Montalbano' manages to do so with aplomb. Watching 'Inspector Montalbano' is like eating a delicious Italian meal that immensely satisfies and leaves you wanting more. There may be very familiar tropes, but in a way it's inevitable and doesn't detract from the enjoyment at all.

"Turning Point" is another favourite episode of mine from 'Inspector Montalbano', previous favourites being "A Trip to Tindari", "The Sense of Touch" and "The Scent of Night". There are, as has been said, a couple of implausibilities, but when the atmosphere was so well done and everything else so superbly executed it was easy to overlook because they didn't convolute the story.

One always expects 'Inspector Montalbano' to look good. As always with 'Inspector Montalbano', "Turning Point" is beautifully shot and the scenery is stunning, making those who've never been to Italy want to book a holiday there as soon as possible and is a treat for anybody who loves all things Italian. The music is never over-bearing or low-key with a nice atmosphere and flavour, a lot of it is very cleverly used. The sound effects are remarkably authentic.

Writing is tightly structured and taut, with very funny to hilarious humour, nail-biting tension and involving and poignant human drama balanced beautifully. The subtitles are not hard to follow, and the story is one of the show's darkest and sombre and also 'Inspector Montalbano' perhaps at its most reflective while being engrossing also from start to finish.

Characters may be stereotypes but well-written ones, especially one of the most fascinating foreign detective mystery dramas titular characters there is to me and the scene-stealing Catarella (hilarious comic relief but more than that). The supporting characters intrigue too.

Acting is terrific, especially from Luca Zingaretti who is a treasure in the title role. Angelo Russo's comic timing is a refreshing and always perfectly timed joy and Cesare Bocci, Peppino Mazzotta and the supporting cast are strong.

In summary, wonderful episode. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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