Respiro Reviews

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January 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.
August 7, 2008
December 30, 2006
December 6, 2005
August 8, 2004
January 14, 2004
It is sort of the opposite of 'Northern Exposure' where everyone is quirky, and loving it. Here, quirkiness is opposed strongly.
November 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.
October 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.
October 6, 2003
A mixture of great Italian cinema and fluffy silliness.
September 26, 2003
An inviting performance by Golino and some outstanding underwater photography enliven director/writer Emanuele Crialese's adaptation of an Italian legend.
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.
September 12, 2003
Whatever its shortcomings, Respiro provides [Valeria Golino] with a juicy leading role, and she takes full advantage of the opportunity.
September 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.
August 29, 2003
It's watchable because of Golino, whose performance is both a revelation and a saving grace.
August 26, 2003
Like David Gordon Green's 'George Washington,' it examines the rituals of children and the oddities of families with fresh eyes.
August 14, 2003
Will have you contemplating a trip to Lampedusa - and wishing Golino would get the parts she deserves.
August 8, 2003
A small, sensual and unforgettable Italian drama that transports us to a place wonderfully exotic yet strangely familiar.
July 30, 2003
July 27, 2003
You can almost feel the dull heat radiating off the screen -- it's a wonder cinematographer Fabio Zamarion's lenses didn't simply melt clean off -- and this thick and hazy brilliance infuses the story with all sorts of strange neo-realistic vibes.
July 8, 2003
A vital, startling film that is steeped in the noblest traditions of Italian cinema and whose sense of transcendence is accompanied by an equally powerful humanism.
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