Reviews

Jan 29, 2020
Respiro is a psychologically dense, provocative film that feels like a cautionary tale about a vision of paradise that is compromised by a civilization that keeps uncontrollable forces in check.
Aug 7, 2008
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May 21, 2004
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.
Jan 14, 2004
It is sort of the opposite of 'Northern Exposure' where everyone is quirky, and loving it. Here, quirkiness is opposed strongly.
Nov 23, 2003
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.
Oct 29, 2003
Though the story is warmly humanistic it is too paper thin to mean much.
Oct 28, 2003
Oct 9, 2003
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.
Oct 6, 2003
A mixture of great Italian cinema and fluffy silliness.
Sep 26, 2003
An inviting performance by Golino and some outstanding underwater photography enliven director/writer Emanuele Crialese's adaptation of an Italian legend.
Sep 26, 2003
A sad, slight film but with a sweet, smooth finish that makes you feel richer for having watched and absorbed and felt.
Sep 12, 2003
Whatever its shortcomings, Respiro provides [Valeria Golino] with a juicy leading role, and she takes full advantage of the opportunity.
Sep 6, 2003
Golino's performance is effortlessly haunting; it's a shame she doesn't have more of a movie to hang it on.
Sep 5, 2003
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.
Aug 29, 2003
It's watchable because of Golino, whose performance is both a revelation and a saving grace.