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Respiro (2002)

Cast: Valeria Golino, Vincenzo Amato, Francesco Casisa, more...
Director: Emanuele Crialese
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Studio: Columbia TriStar
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Italy
Running Time: 95 min.
Languages: Italian
Subtitles: English
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This title is currently out of print.

Italian director Emanuele Crialese's Respiro tells an intimate tale of a family living in a quiet fishing community. Grazia (Valeria Golino) is deeply committed to her husband Pietro (Vincenzo Amato) and their children, as well as stray dogs. She suffers from extreme mood swings that result in serious physical attacks in times of high anxiety. Pietro decides to send her to get help, but this prompts Grazia to run away. She survives with the help of her son Pasquale (Francesco Casisa). Respiro was screened during Critics Week at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival. ~ Perry Seibert, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Free Spirit or just a Nut Case? by talltale May 28, 2004 - 5:15 PM PDT
4 out of 5 members found this review helpful
Some movies are just plain interesting--for their story, their locations, their ideas--without being films you rave about or insist that your friends all rent. RESPIRO falls nicely into this category. The locations are unusually beautiful, the story (mom borders on manic; family members and townspeople try to cope) is genuinely interesting without being particularly riveting. The performances are fine, and the direction quiet and firm. Foreign film lovers are a pretty sure bet to enjoy this; those who have trouble with subtitles will probably want to pass. While some critics and viewers have proclaimed the mom a "free spirit," you may come away rooting for the MDs to try a little medication. Free spirits, for instance, do not let loose all the stray dogs in the village, leading to their consequent extermination. The line that separates romantic and ready-for-lock-up is perhaps a bit more explicit than the one pictured here.

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Cannes Film Festival & More - 2002
Official Selection, Certain Regards... and more. Here is a bit more information on the films screened at the Cannes. I have attempted to list all the films that were considered for an award as well as any special screenings.

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