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Salvo (2014)




Critic Consensus: Stylish and inventive, Salvo parcels out the thrills that genre fans seek while anchoring its story with satisfying, slow-building tension.

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A hitman for the Sicilian Mafia, Salvo is solitary, cold and ruthless. When he sneaks into a house on an assignment, he discovers Rita, an innocent young blind girl who must stand by powerlessly while her brother is assassinated. What follows is an intense exchange fueled by adrenaline and fear between the killer and his witness, one that changes their two lives in an instant. The darkness is lifted from Rita's eyes just as Salvo decides, against his murderous instincts, to spare her life. From then on, both haunted by their brief encounter, these two damaged souls will attempt to navigate their dangerous next steps side by side. (C) Film Movement
Drama , Romance
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Saleh Bakri
as Salvo
Luigi Lo Cascio
as Enzo Puleo
Redouane Behache
as Picciotto
Giuditta Perriera
as Mimma Puleo
Jacopo Menicagli
as Picciotto
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Critic Reviews for Salvo

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (4)

A soulful romance, an existential action flick and something of a miracle movie - the appealing slow-burner "Salvo" hovers at the crossroads of genre.

Full Review… | August 21, 2014
New York Times
Top Critic

Viewers looking for a shoot-em-up will be disappointed, but those hankering for an old-school Italian broodfest will find plenty to soak in.

Full Review… | August 19, 2014
Village Voice
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It's not the tale, but the telling of it, that distinguishes this Sicilian drama.

Full Review… | March 31, 2014
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Hits the heights in its first forty minutes ... Later developments prove disappointingly predictable.

Full Review… | March 18, 2014
Time Out
Top Critic

Very stylish Sicilian mafia movie. One part Antonioni and one part Calvin Klein commercial.

Full Review… | August 21, 2014

In the end, it's Salvo itself that's murky and obscure.

Full Review… | August 19, 2014
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This review may or may not contain spoilers I would describe the film as interesting as I continued watching the movie a few days ago. The film had a good start with a good amount of dialect in the beginning and somewhere in the plot. The scenery and the setting is what I expected on the protagonist's occupation and that is what drew me in on watching this film in the first place for research. I will admit that this movie has confused me at first, but after thinking while continuing on watching the movie, I slowly began to understand on why the lack of dialect. I would say that both Salvo's and Rita's personalities best suit the film's plotline. Though, while watching the movie, I was pondering if Salvo had a bit of romance since I felt the two characters were slowly getting close near the end of the film. Of course, that is just my opinion. Although I do like action and adventure films, I do enjoy some type of drama in a film; it's what makes movies complete. Even if the movie was a bit slow. But of course, I would like to watch a little more action and hear a little more dialect.

Maria  Emken
Maria Emken

The gangster and the inconvenient girl. Motivations are left too much to the imagination but there's some good moviemaking in play here.

Michael Harbour
Michael Harbour

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