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Melissa P. (2005)

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An adolescent girl, living with her mother and her grandmother, will have her first sexual experiences in a heavy and excessive way.

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Luca Guadagnino

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Barbara Alberti (screenplay), Cristiana Farina (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
María Valverde ... Melissa P.
Letizia Ciampa Letizia Ciampa ... Manuela
Primo Reggiani Primo Reggiani ... Daniele
Fabrizia Sacchi ... Daria
Geraldine Chaplin ... Nonna Elvira
Nilo Zimmerman ... Marco (as Nilo Mur)
Claudio Santamaria ... Custode del museo
Carlo Antonelli Carlo Antonelli ... Prof. Italiano
Pier Giorgio Bellocchio ... Istruttore di nuoto
Marcello Mazzarella ... Chiunque
Elio Germano ... Arnaldo
Alba Rohrwacher ... Clelia
Davide Pasti Davide Pasti ... Leo
Francesca Madaro Francesca Madaro ... Livia
Esmeralda Prete Esmeralda Prete ... Titti
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Storyline

Melissa lives with her mother and her grandmother in Sicily. She has a close relationship with her grandmother, a heavy smoker, who seems to be the only person in the world who understands Melissa. Melissa's father lives in another country. One day Melissa and her friend go to a party at a school friend's home. While there, Melissa meets Daniele, a boy from the school, and has her first sexual experience. The experience is far from being what Melissa always has dreamed it would be, because Daniele forces her and later forgets her. However, Melissa has fallen in love with Daniele. Back at school, when Melissa tries to get Daniele's attention, he barely remembers her. He takes advantage of Melissa's feelings for him, convincing her to have sex with him whenever he wants. When Melissa discovers Daniele's true motivations, she takes revenge by having even wilder sexual experiences with him and other boys. She even begins keeping a diary to document her sexual experiences. Melissa's mother... Written by DM

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You have to lose yourself before you can find yourself

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Drama

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Country:

Italy | Spain

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

18 November 2005 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

100 Escovadas Antes De Dormir See more »

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Opening Weekend:

$606,934 (Italy), 2 December 2005
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Although she trained for a few months, 'Maria Valverde''s Italian wasn't good enough, so she was dubbed. As consolation, Valverde dubbed herself for the Spanish version. See more »

Quotes

Nonna Elvira: Paradise is where I am, your grandpa used to say.
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Rainbow
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Film below expectations... The book? No thanks
11 October 2009 | by martasavilaSee all my reviews

I just learned this movie is based on a book. I must say I would never read it. The story line has absolutely no value -a young girl believes that just because her first sexual encounter was somehow traumatic, that made her instantly an expert on men and sex- it's really a poor subject. Besides, there are no interesting dialogs nor an appealing related story to support it. The main actress Valverde doesn't look young enough and most of the rest of the cast seems isolated. On the plus side, the movie is nicely shot, the background songs are appropriate and Geraldine Chaplin brings some brightness as the bohemian grandmother. Teenagers sexuality is a subject that should be treated with more depth otherwise the result is sooo vain.


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