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Respiro (2003)



Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 84
Fresh: 64 | Rotten: 20

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


Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 28
Fresh: 20 | Rotten: 8

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



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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

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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.'

July 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Valeria Golino proves she can act as good as she looks.

July 4, 2003 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Somewhere along the way, Respiro just seems to run out of breath.

July 4, 2003 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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Crialese's stated purpose is to create a sense of magical realism, and even as he draws on an actual fable to do so, there's an incomplete feeling to the production.

May 21, 2004 Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife

It is sort of the opposite of 'Northern Exposure' where everyone is quirky, and loving it. Here, quirkiness is opposed strongly.

January 14, 2004 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Respiro begins as a portrait of a woman who refuses to abide by the conventions of the comunity and ends with a bit of inspired magical realism.

November 23, 2003 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Though the story is warmly humanistic it is too paper thin to mean much.

October 29, 2003 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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We're slouched back with our heads resting on the tops of the seats, relaxing and letting our minds leap out of our heads to spend 95 minutes at play in Lampedusa.

October 9, 2003 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

A mixture of great Italian cinema and fluffy silliness.

October 6, 2003 Full Review Source:

An inviting performance by Golino and some outstanding underwater photography enliven director/writer Emanuele Crialese's adaptation of an Italian legend.

September 26, 2003 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

Whatever its shortcomings, Respiro provides [Valeria Golino] with a juicy leading role, and she takes full advantage of the opportunity.

September 12, 2003 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

Golino's performance is effortlessly haunting; it's a shame she doesn't have more of a movie to hang it on.

September 6, 2003
Las Vegas Weekly

If the Italian Neo-Realists had ever granted themselves enough romanticism (or found a little money) to shoot in color, they might have made Respiro.

September 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

It's watchable because of Golino, whose performance is both a revelation and a saving grace.

August 29, 2003 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Like David Gordon Green's 'George Washington,' it examines the rituals of children and the oddities of families with fresh eyes.

August 26, 2003
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Will have you contemplating a trip to Lampedusa - and wishing Golino would get the parts she deserves.

August 14, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

You can almost feel the dull heat radiating off the screen -- it's a wonder cinematographer Fabio Zamarion's lenses didn't simply melt clean off -- and this thick and hazy brilliance infuses the story with all sorts of strange neo-realistic vibes.

July 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

After 90 minutes of policing female sexuality, the film is left with little to say on the matter.

July 8, 2003
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A vital, startling film that is steeped in the noblest traditions of Italian cinema and whose sense of transcendence is accompanied by an equally powerful humanism.

July 8, 2003 Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY

The film is sleepy and has a general air of mystery and unreality, which is fitting for a fable. All the performances are delightful.

July 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
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