Don't Move


Don't Move

Critics Consensus

Sergio Castellitto's latest film has a heavy dose of melodrama and is populated with unlikable characters.



Total Count: 61


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Movie Info

Don't Move is the second feature from actor/director Sergio Castellito (Mostly Martha), who wrote the script with his wife, actress/author Margaret Mazzantini from her best-selling novel. Castellito stars as Timoteo, a successful surgeon and permissive father whose teenage daughter, Angela (Elena Perino), has just had a life-threatening motorbike accident. Sitting in the hospital, wondering if his daughter will survive, Timoteo thinks back to a fateful day 15 years earlier when his car broke down on a remote country road in the rain and a bedraggled young woman, Italia (Penélope Cruz), invited him into her ramshackle home only to have him force himself upon her. Timoteo then returned home to his lovely wife, Elsa (Claudia Gerini). But unable to get Italia out of his mind, Timoteo returned again and again to her sordid shack. They began to develop genuine feelings for each other. Elsa is reluctant to have children, despite Timoteo's wishes, so when he learns that Italia is pregnant, he has a critical decision to make about how he wants to live his life. Don't Move was shown at New York City's Walter Reade Theater in 2004 as part of a Sergio Castellito retrospective presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center.


Critic Reviews for Don't Move

All Critics (61) | Top Critics (23) | Fresh (28) | Rotten (33)

  • You don't like Don't Move, you admire it for daring to be a bit more complex, for caring about characters who are hard to care about and for plowing forward through all manner of ugly business.

    Jun 3, 2005 | Rating: B

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
    Top Critic
  • Though beautifully shot and acted, Don't Move still holds limited appeal.

    Jun 3, 2005 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Romantic melodrama of the worst kind.

    May 27, 2005 | Full Review…
  • The performances are exquisite.

    May 26, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • It has grand flourishes, bold strokes and a soundtrack that swells with emotional Italian and American rock, but it doesn't go over the edge of sentimentality. It's too hard-edged and its acting is too restrained and fine for that.

    May 20, 2005 | Rating: 3/4
  • Erotic yet lyrical, graphic yet subtle, edgy yet uplifting, disturbing yet reassuring.

    May 19, 2005 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Don't Move

  • Nov 20, 2010
    It's the second time I've seen it, and it definitely deserves a spot in my Favorite Movie List! Penelope delivers an intense performance that reminded me very strongly of Geena Rowland's performance in A Woman Under the Influence by Cassavetes. Beautiful drama. <div style="width:640px;"><a href=""><img src="" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="">
    Saskia D Super Reviewer
  • Oct 19, 2009
    Penelope Cruz in a standout performance as a trashy mixed-up girl who becomes sexually involved with a repressed married doctor. You know its all going to end badly.
    Lesley N Super Reviewer
  • Apr 30, 2009
    In Don't Move, actor and director Timoteo played by Sergio Castellito was a wealthy surgeon who seemed to have the perfect life. A beautiful wife, a luxurious beach house, but these superficial aspects were not what he wanted out of life. Timoteo's relationship with his wife lacked of passion and true love. Timoteo's life was changed when he met a woman named Italia , Penelope Cruz and raped her. She was a lower class woman and uneducated. Passion grew into love, and both Timoteo and Italia were happy when they were together.The movie was so realistic, it showed the daily struggles of each character and their desire they wanted to fulfill, such as love, passion and happiness. The ending was not a happy at all, showing Timoteo back with his wife and appreciation his daughter got a chance to live. Italia died,and Timoteo must faced reality and let Italia became nothing more than a memory and a lesson of life.
    Daisy M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 03, 2009
    a haunting and passionate film.
    Stefanie C Super Reviewer

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