Rent Respiro (2002)

3.5 of 5 from 81 ratings
1h 31min
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Synopsis:
A close-knit community in the south-west of Sicily has been unchanged for centuries. Here, husbands go to sea and wives work packing fish while their children play amongst the cliffs. It's a way of life that is ingrained and which does not allow for change. Grazia, the wife of one of the local fishermen, and mother to his three children, is easy going, affectionate and free-spirited. But her unconventional attitude to life causes consternation amongst her elders, and brings scorn from her peers. Soon the community decides that she is in need of expert medical attention and they attempt to send her away to the city....
Actors:
, , , , , Muzzi Loffredo, , , Giuseppe del Volgo, Matteo Solina, Vincenzo Barreca, Bassam Nessim, Pasquale De Rubels, Francesco Edoardo Anglieri, Andrea Barreca, Donatella Battiali, Domenico Amato, Fernando Bartifeci, Giovan Battista Martello, Vincenzo Bellici
Directors:
Writers:
Emanuele Crialese
Studio:
Tartan
Genres:
Comedy
Countries:
Italy, Comedy
BBFC:
Release Date:
26/01/2004
Run Time:
91 minutes
Languages:
Italian
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 0 (All)
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.77:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Film notes from critic Nick Bradshaw
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • World Cinema trailer reel
  • Interactive menu
  • Scene access

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Reviews (1) of Respiro

Breath of life - Respiro review by MW

Spoiler Alert
27/05/2016

This is an exquisite gem: a delightful, vivid, true-to-life account of the trials, tribulations and small joys of a poor fishing community in Sicily. At its heart is Grazia, a mentally unstable mother of two boisterous boys who get into various scrapes and a nubile daughter who falls for a guileless rookie policeman. Grazia's long-suffering, rugged fisherman husband is the soul of patience and love. When Grazia goes missing the villagers unite in searching for her and the story's end, in the sea, though inconclusive, is quite magical. This is a beautiful, uplifting film made with a sensitive director's eye and ear. All in all, a joy.

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