Respiro Reviews

July 16, 2005
October 7, 2004
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.
October 29, 2003
Though the story is warmly humanistic it is too paper thin to mean much.
October 28, 2003
September 6, 2003
Golino's performance is effortlessly haunting; it's a shame she doesn't have more of a movie to hang it on.
July 19, 2003
A beautifully scenic but languid character study that could use a shot of adrenalin and a more straightforward story line.
July 8, 2003
After 90 minutes of policing female sexuality, the film is left with little to say on the matter.
July 4, 2003
Somewhere along the way, Respiro just seems to run out of breath.
June 27, 2003
Its plot gets too slow even for open-ended movies such as this.
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.
June 20, 2003
It's an incredibly beautiful island that makes you want to lie on the beach and soak up the sun, but the customs could drive anyone to rebel.
June 18, 2003
Respiro is not completely satisfying, because its purpose is cloudy.
June 14, 2003
Respiro, contrary to its title, doesn't really breathe much, but it has its moments.
May 29, 2003
A mood piece that never quite manages to rise above being just a mood piece.
May 23, 2003
Curiously unsatisfying.
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
Respiro has a sexy cast and is gorgeous to watch -- but it takes more than that to make a movie worth seeking out.
May 12, 2003
Beautiful, but listless. After a while, it feels less like a film and more like a ninety minute commercial for the Mediterranean Department of Tourism.
April 2, 2003
Magnificent sun-drenched locations and a lolling atmosphere of sensuality don't make up for an awfully thin story.