Respiro Reviews

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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.
August 8, 2003
A small, sensual and unforgettable Italian drama that transports us to a place wonderfully exotic yet strangely familiar.
July 19, 2003
A beautifully scenic but languid character study that could use a shot of adrenalin and a more straightforward story line.
July 5, 2003
A quietly disarming drama by Emanuele Crialese that tugs at family ties and calls into question the conventional definition of 'normal.'
July 4, 2003
Valeria Golino proves she can act as good as she looks.
July 4, 2003
Somewhere along the way, Respiro just seems to run out of breath.
July 1, 2003
Evocatively photographed and backed by a resonant saxophone score, Respiro is blessed by the vitality of the performances of its almost entirely non-professional cast.
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.
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.
June 20, 2003
There is a rough magic in the dramatic setting and the classical undertones crafted by writer/director Emanuele Crialese.
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.
June 19, 2003
An intriguing blend of mysticism and earthiness.
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.
June 13, 2003
A cheerful, life-affirming film, strong in its energy, about vivid characters.
June 12, 2003
You just appreciate the time spent with these particular people in this particular place.
June 6, 2003
If nothing else, it's a reminder of how severely underutilized Valeria Golino is as both actress and cinematic glory.
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.
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