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Respiro Reviews

September 26, 2003
A sad, slight film but with a sweet, smooth finish that makes you feel richer for having watched and absorbed and felt.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
August 8, 2003
A small, sensual and unforgettable Italian drama that transports us to a place wonderfully exotic yet strangely familiar.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
July 19, 2003
A beautifully scenic but languid character study that could use a shot of adrenalin and a more straightforward story line.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
July 5, 2003
A quietly disarming drama by Emanuele Crialese that tugs at family ties and calls into question the conventional definition of 'normal.'
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 4, 2003
Valeria Golino proves she can act as good as she looks.
Read More | Original Score: B
July 4, 2003
Somewhere along the way, Respiro just seems to run out of breath.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 27, 2003
Its plot gets too slow even for open-ended movies such as this.
June 27, 2003
Slight but in a haunting way, like a half-remembered dream.
June 20, 2003
While Crialese ... certainly has a knack for visualizing such moments, his script willfully refuses to pull them together to tell a coherent story.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 20, 2003
More a collection of gestures than a fully developed movie, Respiro offers scenery, sun and a volcanic performance from Golino, who bursts with primal energies.
Read More | Original Score: B
June 20, 2003
There is a rough magic in the dramatic setting and the classical undertones crafted by writer/director Emanuele Crialese.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 19, 2003
The film was shot on the Sicilian island of Lampedusa, a picture-postcard setting of magnificent cliffs and crystal-clear water. The beautiful setting is a stark contrast to Grazia's descent into darkness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 19, 2003
An intriguing blend of mysticism and earthiness.
Full Review | Original Score: B
June 18, 2003
Respiro is not completely satisfying, because its purpose is cloudy.
June 13, 2003
Like a fable, its meanings are unspecific but haunting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 13, 2003
A cheerful, life-affirming film, strong in its energy, about vivid characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 12, 2003
You just appreciate the time spent with these particular people in this particular place.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 6, 2003
If nothing else, it's a reminder of how severely underutilized Valeria Golino is as both actress and cinematic glory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 23, 2003
It's sweet, but slight -- the sort of fish that, had Grazia's neighbors caught, they would have immediately, if reluctantly, thrown back.
May 23, 2003
A beautifully composed tone poem about unspoken group dynamics in an isolated community.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 23, 2003
Respiro has a sexy cast and is gorgeous to watch -- but it takes more than that to make a movie worth seeking out.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
May 22, 2003
Beautifully directed, but that doesn't keep it from seeming faintly silly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 22, 2003
A shimmering, mystical beauty emanates from every frame of Emanuele Crialese's Respiro.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 22, 2003
The movie's pleasures draw on old-fashioned Italian neo-realist simplicity.
May 21, 2003
Travel agents should prepare for a bump in tourism.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 20, 2003
Does succeed in its portrayal of island life.
April 2, 2003
Magnificent sun-drenched locations and a lolling atmosphere of sensuality don't make up for an awfully thin story.
March 27, 2003
Bursts with such pulsing vitality and sensual appreciation of nature that you can almost taste the salty air and feel the sun beating down on your shoulders.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5