Respiro (2003)

Thirteen-year-old Pasquale is the head of a small band of children who hunt birds in their spare time, and defend "their" territory from rival gangs. Like most of his fellow Lampedusans, Pasquale spends his evenings on Via Roma,… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: May 23, 2003
DVD Release Date: October 21, 2003
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Critic Score: 76% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A sweet, but slight picture filled with beautiful people and locations.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

A sad, slight film but with a sweet, smooth finish that makes you feel richer for having watched and absorbed and felt.

Peter Howell
Toronto Star

A quietly disarming drama by Emanuele Crialese that tugs at family ties and calls into question the conventional definition of 'normal.'

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Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife

Crialese's stated purpose is to create a sense of magical realism, and even as he draws on an actual fable to do so, there's an incomplete feeling to the production.

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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

A small, sensual and unforgettable Italian drama that transports us to a place wonderfully exotic yet strangely familiar.

Eleanor Ringel Cater
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Valeria Golino proves she can act as good as she looks.

Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

It is sort of the opposite of 'Northern Exposure' where everyone is quirky, and loving it. Here, quirkiness is opposed strongly.

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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic

A beautifully scenic but languid character study that could use a shot of adrenalin and a more straightforward story line.

Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Somewhere along the way, Respiro just seems to run out of breath.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Respiro begins as a portrait of a woman who refuses to abide by the conventions of the comunity and ends with a bit of inspired magical realism.

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