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Grazia's Island (Respiro)

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Original title
  • Respiro
Running time
90 min.
Italy Italy
Emanuele Crialese
John Surman, Andrea Guerra
Fabio Zamarion
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Co-production Italy-France; Fandango / Les Films des Tournelles / Roissy Films / Medusa Film / Fonds Eurimages du Conseil de l'Europe / Tele+ / TPS Cinéma
Synopsis / Plot
Lampedusa, an island near western Sicily. Rival boy gangs play roughly among seaside cliffs. Husbands go out to sea and wives work in the fish-packing plant. Fun is restricted to Saturday nights. For some, village life can be as cruel as it is heartwarming, as suffocating as it is charming... Grazia is the affectionate young mother of a teenaged girl and two boys. She sings along to Patti Bravo hits and finds ways to amuse herself and her children. But her free-spirited attitude causes talk in the entire village. When her reckless behavior becomes misinterpreted as clinical, her husband's family decides Grazia needs medical treatment in faraway Milan. But Grazia will have no part in this. Her 13 year-old son Pasquale will find a way to protect the touching bond they share...
2002: Cannes: Top Prize of la Semana of la Crítica
2002: David di Donatello Awards: Best Producer. 4 nominations
2003: European Film Awards: 2 Nominations Audience Award
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