Critics Consensus: Stylish and inventive, Salvo parcels out the thrills that genre fans seek while anchoring its story with satisfying, slow-building tension.
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A hitman for the Sicilian Mafia, Salvo is solitary, cold and ruthless. When he sneaks into a house on an assignment, he discovers Rita, an innocent young blind girl who must stand by powerlessly while her brother is assassinated. What follows is an intense exchange fueled by adrenaline and fear between the killer and his witness, one that changes their two lives in an instant. The darkness is lifted from Rita's eyes just as Salvo decides, against his murderous instincts, to spare her life. From then on, both haunted by their brief encounter, these two damaged souls will attempt to navigate their dangerous next steps side by side. (C) Film Movement … More
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Critic Reviews for Salvo
A soulful romance, an existential action flick and something of a miracle movie - the appealing slow-burner "Salvo" hovers at the crossroads of genre.
Viewers looking for a shoot-em-up will be disappointed, but those hankering for an old-school Italian broodfest will find plenty to soak in.
It's not the tale, but the telling of it, that distinguishes this Sicilian drama.
Hits the heights in its first forty minutes ... Later developments prove disappointingly predictable.
Very stylish Sicilian mafia movie. One part Antonioni and one part Calvin Klein commercial.
Salvo is a strange, involving, if flawed movie about the Sicilian mafia; a stylised drama with elements of the supernatural and the sentimental amid the tension.
Set during a Palermo heatwave, the film opens with a truly scorching action scene... The drama that subsequently unfolds, however, substitutes slow-burning tension for shock.
Exquisitely crafted if somewhat academic - an "ambient thriller", if there's such a thing.
Salvo is nicely put together, and told for the most part without recourse to words. But under the Sicilian swagger, there's not much substance or character to cling to.
You might argue that an exercise in style over substance is just what we need for a study of the fashion industry.
It feels like a very challenging exercise carried off with much style but little real flair (the two things are not quite the same).
A stylish, beautiful ode to all that is glorious about Italian melodrama.
A handful of superb action sequences stand-out in this otherwise formulaic tale of an angular Sicilian mafioso.
Salvo is the cinematic equivalent of using a really big font to cover up the fact that your college dissertation is 50 words long.
A sparse and languid Italian thriller that carries a debt to Melville.
The filmmakers' very particular sense of lighting and framing, though handsome, often exudes a formality that perpetually stifles the story's sense of spontaneity.
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