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Year: 2004
USA: Northern Arts Entertainment
UK: Dogwoof Pictures
Cast: Penelope Cruz, Sergio Castellitto, Claudia Gerini, Angela Finocchiaro, Marco Giallini, Pietro De Silva, Vittoria Piancastelli, Elena Perino, Renato Marchetti, Lina Bernardi, Gianni Musy
Director: Sergio Castellitto
Countries: Italy / Spain / UK
Language: Italian (English subtitles)
USA & UK: 121 mins
UK Certificate: 15 contains strong language and sex
USA Release Date: 18 March 2005 (Limited Release - Los Angeles)
USA Release Date: 11 March 2005 (Limited Release - New York)
UK Release Date: 18 March 2005
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A rainy day. A car fails to stop at a red light. A fifteen year-old girl brakes, skids, and is thrown off her scooter. The ambulance races towards the hospital, the same hospital where the girl's father works as a surgeon. Timoteo (Sergio Castellitto) waits as his colleague performs surgery on his daughter.

The terror of this extreme event causes him to cast aside his mask of steadfastness, cynicism, model father and husband, revealing an estranged and violent self. In an attempt to fill the silence of coma with words, death with life, he conducts an imaginary conversation with his daughter in which he reveals a painful secret - the seemingly squalid story of a powerful and visceral extra-marital love affair. What emerges is a scorching summer of many years earlier, a squalid urban suburb and a downtrodden, destitute woman with a high-sounding name - Italia (Penelope Cruz).

This spark leads us into his past affair with Italia (Cruz), a tender but damaged soul who works as a hotel maid, and on whom Timoteo risks his marriage to Elsa, a beautiful journalist. Seemingly unaware of her husband's affair, Elsa lets Timoteo lead his double life, until that is, she gets pregnant and he has to make a choice, a decision that will break both his and Italia's hearts.

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