Respiro

A FILM BY Emanuele Crialese

A small, sensual and unforgettable Italian drama that transports us to a place wonderfully exotic yet strangely familiar.""""
-Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
A cheerful, life-affirming film, strong in its energy, about vivid characters.""""
-Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times
Bursts with such pulsing vitality and sensual appreciation of nature that you can almost taste the salty air and feel the sun beating down on your shoulders.""""
-Stephen Holden, New York Times

Synopsis

Grazia is the affectionate, young mother of three children: a teenaged girl, Marinella, and two boys, Pasquale and Filippo. Vibrant and full of life, Grazia often sings along to the latest hit by Italian pop star Patti Pravo and enjoys finding ways to amuse herself and her children. But Grazia, much like the sea surrounding her island, can also be unpredictable and stormy. Her free-spirited attitude causes talk in the entire village. Grazia's husband, Pietro, lovingly stands by her in the face of small town gossip. But as Grazia's behaviour becomes more reckless, even the powerful shield of her family's love can't protect her. Her husband's relatives become convinced that she is seriously unstable and decide that she needs medical treatment in Milan. But Grazia will have no part of this and her son Pasquale finds a way to protect her and the bond that she shares with her family.

Original Languages: Italian
Genre: Comedy, Drama, World Cinema
Running Time: 95 min.
Year: 2002

CREDITS

CAST
Valeria Golino
Vincenzo Amato
DIRECTED BY
Emanuele Crialese