Critic Reviews for Respiro
A sad, slight film but with a sweet, smooth finish that makes you feel richer for having watched and absorbed and felt.
A small, sensual and unforgettable Italian drama that transports us to a place wonderfully exotic yet strangely familiar.
A beautifully scenic but languid character study that could use a shot of adrenalin and a more straightforward story line.
A quietly disarming drama by Emanuele Crialese that tugs at family ties and calls into question the conventional definition of 'normal.'
Valeria Golino proves she can act as good as she looks.
Audience Reviews for Respiro
I'd been reluctant to see this because of my mistaken impression that it was yet another film making light of mental illness, or implying that sufferers have some special insight or powers that make it all worthwhile. I'm glad to admit I was wrong! When I finally did see it, I was awestruck at its sensitive portrait of the family. Highly recommended.
Such a contrast here from the advertisements I saw for this film while in Europe... I don't think Valerino Golino had a smile that wide on her face the entire movie. This advertisement does not at all portray the inner demons that the lead heroine experienced throughout the development of the story... ah! We Americans so crave positive, feel-good romanticism... haha, I just reviewed the ad and not the movie.
The story is confusing at times but still a good one to watch if you love the language and scenery of Southern Italia.
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