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Salvo (2013)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 22 August 2014 (USA)
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Salvo is a body guard and hit man for a mafioso. After foiling an attack on his employer, Salvo hunts down the man who organised it and encounters the man's blind sister. She causes Salvo to question himself and his existence.
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Cast overview:
Saleh Bakri ... Salvo
Luigi Lo Cascio ... Enzo Puleo
Sara Serraiocco ... Rita
Giuditta Perriera Giuditta Perriera ... Mimma Puleo
Mario Pupella ... Boss
Redouane Behache Redouane Behache ... Picciotto
Jake J. Meniani ... Picciotto (as Jacopo Menicagli)
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Salvo is a body guard and hit man for a mafioso. After foiling an attack on his employer, Salvo hunts down the man who organised it and encounters the man's blind sister. She causes Salvo to question himself and his existence.

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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Italian | Sicilian

Release Date:

22 August 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Salvo - Magányos szerelmesek See more »

Filming Locations:

Enna, Sicily, Italy See more »

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$244,686
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Dolby

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2.35 : 1
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Very long, near wordless drama of existential self-discovery
20 December 2014 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

SALVO as written and directed by Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza has won many awards. It is a lengthy (2 long hours) story (or view) of the life of a hit man and the reason it succeeds is the magnetic performance of Saleh Bakri ('The Band's Visit') who magnetizes the story with his penetrating gaze.

Salvo (Saleh Bakri) is a bodyguard and hit man for a Mafioso. After foiling an attack on his employer, Salvo hunts down the man who organized it – Renato - and encounters the man's blind sister, Rita (Sara Serraiocco). She causes Salvo to question himself and his existence. The camera focuses on close ups of Rita's face as she tries to disguise her fear by singing. Salvo performs the murder of Renato off screen while we see Rita's reaction. Salvo places his fingers over Rita's eyes and due to some sort of unexplained phenomena, cures her sight. She starts to see forms and shapes, but as the film goes on, her sight improves. Salvo buries Renato and keeps Rita in an empty factory for her security and the remainder of the film shows the transition of a solitary professional hit-man to a man who becomes vulnerable to human connection, offering an allegory with the inexplicable restoration of Rita's sight.

The film is in Italian, is long, dark and very atmospheric. Dialogue is scarce but well chosen. This is a mood piece with a message and well worth waiting it out to understand that message. Grady Harp, December 14


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