Respiro (2003)



Critic Consensus: A sweet, but slight picture filled with beautiful people and locations.

Movie Info

Thirteen-year-old Pasquale is the head of a small band of children who hunt birds in their spare time, and defend "their" territory from rival gangs. Like most of his fellow Lampedusans, Pasquale spends his evenings on Via Roma, the main street that he and his mates use as a racetrack for performing acrobatic stunts with their Vespas. Pasquale's one acknowledged boss is his father, Pietro, a generous but violent man who is both loved and feared. His mother, Grazia, is considered to be … More

Rating: PG-13 (for nudity and thematic elements)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Emanuele Crialese
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 21, 2003
Box Office: $0.9M
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as Pasquale

as Grandmother

as Pier-Luigi

as Olivier
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All Critics (92) | Top Critics (30)

A sad, slight film but with a sweet, smooth finish that makes you feel richer for having watched and absorbed and felt.

September 26, 2003
Orlando Sentinel
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A small, sensual and unforgettable Italian drama that transports us to a place wonderfully exotic yet strangely familiar.

August 8, 2003
Detroit Free Press
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A beautifully scenic but languid character study that could use a shot of adrenalin and a more straightforward story line.

July 19, 2003
Arizona Republic
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A quietly disarming drama by Emanuele Crialese that tugs at family ties and calls into question the conventional definition of 'normal.'

Full Review… | July 5, 2003
Toronto Star
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Somewhere along the way, Respiro just seems to run out of breath.

Full Review… | July 4, 2003
Globe and Mail
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Valeria Golino proves she can act as good as she looks.

Full Review… | July 4, 2003
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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