Respiro (2002)

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Directer:Emanuele Crialese   Producer:Domenico Procacci  Writter:Emanuele Crialese   Music:Andrea Guerra, John Surman   Cinematography:Fabio Zamarion   Editor:Didier Ranz  

Running time:95 min    Country:Italy, France  Language:Italian, Sicilian  Genre:Drama Subtitle: English Starring:Valeria Golino ... Grazia, Vincenzo Amato ... Pietro,
Francesco Casisa ... Pasquale, Veronica D''Agostino ... Marinella, Filippo Pucillo ... Filippo,
Muzzi Loffredo ... Nonna, Elio Germano ... Pier Luigi, Avy Marciano ... Velista Francese,
Giuseppe del Volgo ... Zio Pino, Matteo Solina ... Zio Antonio, Vincenzo Barreca ... Cefalo,
Attilio Lucia ... La Mosca, Pasquale De Rubels ... Bufalo





ҧ:12 wins & 9 nominations

Bratislava International Film Festival
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2002 Won Special Mention Emanuele Crialese
Nominated Grand Prix Emanuele Crialese
Cannes Film Festival
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2002 Won Critics Week Grand Prize Emanuele Crialese
Young Critics Award Best Feature
Emanuele Crialese
Castellinaria International Festival of Young Cinema
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2002 Won Three Castles Emanuele Crialese
César Awards, France
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2004 Nominated César Best European Union Film (Meilleur film de l''Union Européenne)
Emanuele Crialese
David di Donatello Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2003 Won David Best Producer (Migliore Produttore)
Domenico Procacci
Nominated David Best Actress (Migliore Attrice Protagonista)
Valeria Golino
Best Cinematography (Migliore Direttore della Fotografia)
Fabio Zamarion
Best Film (Miglior Film)
Domenico Procacci
Emanuele Crialese
European Film Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2003 Nominated Audience Award Best Actress
Valeria Golino
Best Director
Emanuele Crialese
2002 Nominated European Discovery of the Year Emanuele Crialese
Gardanne Film Festival
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2002 Won Audience Award Emanuele Crialese
Giffoni Film Festival
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2002 Won Bronze Gryphon Best Actress
Valeria Golino
CONAI Award Emanuele Crialese
Creative Journeys Award Emanuele Crialese
Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2002 Won Silver Ribbon Best Actress (Migliore Attrice Protagonista)
Valeria Golino
Nominated Silver Ribbon Best Screenplay (Miglior Sceneggiatura)
Emanuele Crialese
Mons International Festival of Love Films
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2003 Won Audience Award Emanuele Crialese
Best Actress Valeria Golino


Grazia is a mother of three who spends suffocating days packing fish while her husband Pietro is at sea. Her oft-erratic behavior leads Pietro into thinking she may need medical attention, and he prepares to send her off to a psychiatric institute in Milan. Their son Pasquale, the one person who understand his mother the most, vows to do whatever it takes to foil his father''s plan.


Grazia, played by Golino, is a free-spirited mother of three married to shy fisherman Pietro (Vincenzo Amato) and living on the idyllic but isolated island of Lampedusa in the Mediterranean Sea. She shows signs of manic depressive behavior — one moment she''s laughing wildly and swimming half-naked in the sea, while the next she''s curled in a ball on her bed. Out of her earshot, the adult members of her extended family vaguely discuss sending her to a facility of some sort in Northern Italy.

Grazia is closely shepherded by her oldest son Pasquale, played by Casisa, who appears to be about fourteen years old and often assumes more of a parental role with his mother. After Pietro puts down one of Grazia''s dogs because he thinks it might be dangerous, impulsive Grazia sets all the stray dogs free in the town''s makeshift kennel. After the dogs swarm over the island, the locals demand that Pietro do something about his wife. But when he tells her he plans to send her away to Northern Italy, she runs away and hides in a cave on the shore, where she''s secretly tended by young Pasquale, who brings her clean clothes and food every day.

Pietro and some friends doggedly search the island for Grazia, so Pasquale leaves one of her dresses by the edge of the sea as a ruse. Pietro finds the dress — the one she was wearing the day she disappeared — and nearly everyone presumes she has drowned. Pietro, however, continues to search for her, and just before an important local religious festival, he sees her swimming in the water. He dives in to assist her, thinking a miracle has occurred, and many of the villagers follow suit, thus providing a sheltering circle around her as she is brought safely to shore.

Awards and nominations
Writer/director Crialese won the Critics Week Grand Prize and the Young Critics Award at the Cannes Film Festival. The film was also nominated for the Best European Union Film at the César Awards and received other nominations and awards in various European award competitions.