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La corrispondenza (2016)

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Focused on the relationship between an astronomer and his lover, who spend their years apart.


Giuseppe Tornatore
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Irons ... Ed Phoerum
Olga Kurylenko ... Amy Ryan
Simon Johns Simon Johns ... Jason (as Simon Anthon Johns)
James Warren James Warren ... Rick
Shauna Macdonald ... Victoria
Oscar Sanders Oscar Sanders ... Nicholas
Paolo Calabresi ... Prescatore Ottavio
Anna Savva ... Angela (as Anne Christina Savva)
Irina Kara ... Mamma di Amy (as Irina Karatcheva)
Sammy Moreno Sammy Moreno ... Ragazzo Consegne
Marc Forde Marc Forde ... Restauratore
Michael Sarne Michael Sarne ... Avv. Durrell
Ian Cairns Ian Cairns ... George
Paul Ridley Paul Ridley ... Sobieski
Simon Meacock ... Artista


Focused on the relationship between an astronomer and his lover, who spend their years apart.

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Release Date:

14 January 2016 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Correspondence See more »

Filming Locations:

Edinburgh, Scotland, UK See more »


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€10,000,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The small island where Ed had his house is located in Italy on the marvellous lake of Orta, close to the small medieval town of Orta San Giulio, a very calm and quiet place. Instead in the movie, the island is called Borgoventoso that means "windy town". See more »


References Braveheart (1995) See more »

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The communication as the purest form of connection
12 May 2016 | by b1leSee all my reviews

What do you need in order to create a movie in the inverted order from the usual story line: the one that starts with the line "From death do us part" and ends with the line "They lived happily ever after"?

The answer is simple: You need a mastermind like Giuseppe Tornatore. A mind capable of inventing such interesting story, told through inspirational dialogues and intriguing plot.

The final product entitled "The Correspondence" is equally impressive as an independent piece of art, as well as a juxtaposing part of Tornatore's previous movie "The Best Offer". The beauty of comparing his recent films (written in English) lies in the opportunity to grasp the big picture. Both movies revolve around couples and involve prototypical males (rational yet highly emotional, thus men in touch with their feminine side) and prototypical females (fragile yet strong, thus women in touch with their masculine side). Both have impressive cast for the role of the men (Jeremy Irons / Geoffrey Rush) and expressive cast for the role of the women (Olga Kurylenko /Sylvia Hoeks). "The Best Offer" deals with the mysterious appearance of the female character, while "The Correspondence" seals the deal with the mysterious disappearance of the male character. The first speaks about losing oneself when finding the significant other, while the second movie speaks about finding oneself while losing the significant other.

Indeed, the theme of loss is ever-present in each frame and pixel of "The Correspondence". Someone might wonder if something so void and devoid of any words, something as ineffable as loss could ever be explained through words? It can and it ought to be, since the communication is the purest form of connection between a man and a woman, a marriage of their ideas, an ideal in itself, an open door to the deepest human connection. As long as we perceive the words spoken outside of our heads (in the books, songs or mouths of other people) as coded messages from the loved one, and as long we use all words existing inside of our heads as messages for our loved one, there will be connection. As such, the words are symbol of focus, of attention, and constant (re)invention of the significant other. Their presence signifies life, their absence – death (even in a symbolic manner) of the other.

Within this movie, the characters use words to reach to one another, somewhere, anywhere. With this movie the director uses words, to hopefully reach toward each one of us, everywhere. With this review, I use words, maybe also to reach to someone, somewhere, out there…

Biljana Gjoneska www.evermind.me

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