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La tigre e la neve (2005)

A love-struck Italian poet is stuck in Iraq at the onset of an American invasion.

Director:

Roberto Benigni
5 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Roberto Benigni ... Attilio de Giovanni
Jean Reno ... Fuad
Nicoletta Braschi ... Vittoria
Tom Waits ... Himself
Emilia Fox ... Nancy Browning
Gianfranco Varetto Gianfranco Varetto ... Avvocato Scuotilancia
Giuseppe Battiston ... Ermanno
Lucia Poli Lucia Poli ... Signora Serao
Chiara Pirri Chiara Pirri ... Emilia
Anna Pirri Anna Pirri ... Rosa
Andrea Renzi Andrea Renzi ... Dottor Guazzelli
Abdelhafid Metalsi Abdelhafid Metalsi ... Dottore Salman
Amid Farid Amid Farid ... Al Giumeil
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mohmed Hedi Bahri Mohmed Hedi Bahri ... Firas scarpe
Franco Barbero Franco Barbero
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Storyline

Love and injury in time of war. Attilio de Giovanni teaches poetry in Italy. He has a romantic soul, and women love him. But he is in love with Vittoria, and the love is unrequited. Every night he dreams of marrying her, in his boxer shorts and t-shirt, as Tom Waits sings. Vittoria travels to Iraq with her friend, Fuad, a poet; they are there with the second Gulf War breaks out. Vittoria is injured. Attilio must get to her side, and then, as war rages around him, he must find her the medical care she needs. In war, does love conquer all? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

MG6 | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

Pathé [France]

Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | English | Arabic | French

Release Date:

13 April 2006 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

El tigre y la nieve See more »

Filming Locations:

Naples, Campania, Italy See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,116,727 (Italy), 4 November 2005

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,025, 31 December 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$9,047, 7 January 2007

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$24,000,000, 28 December 2006
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Roberto Benigni named his character "Attilio" as a tribute to poet Attilio Bertolucci (1911-2000) father of famous directors Giuseppe and Bernardo Bertolucci. See more »

Quotes

Vittoria: Oh my beloved all creation overflows with passion, and like a golden comet in the sky, from my mouth bursts forth this cry: I love you.
Vittoria: I want to make love to you now.
Attilio de Giovanni: That's the best line I ever heard in my life.
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You Can Never Hold Back Spring
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(The) Beautiful, (the) Gripping and (the) Hilarious
16 October 2005 | by MaxBorg89See all my reviews

After the Holocaust, Roberto Benigni tackles a more recent but still tricky subject: the second Gulf War.And just like he did with his masterpiece, La Vita è Bella, he perfectly mixes comedy and tragedy, telling a story about love, life and death.

The first half-hour is 100% comedy, as we see Attilio de Giovanni(Benigni) take care of his teenage daughters, teach poetry at university, befriend a camel and desperately woo a woman, Vittoria (Nicoletta Braschi).There's even time for a really funny Sergio Leone homage. The trouble begins when Vittoria is dying in a hospital in Baghdad during the war (she went to Iraq to write a book), and Attilio tries to save her life with the help of his friend and fellow poet Fuad (Jean Reno, whose Italian is remarkably good).Expect a race against the clock stuffed with some incredibly funny material: more camels, Attilio praying Allah (one of the highlights) and even getting caught by American troops because suspected of being a suicide-bomber ("I am Italian" is what he keeps screaming during said scene).

There are a few plot holes (mostly concerning Fuad and his final scene,which has no explanation), but luckily the movie works anyway. Benigni has lost none of his vitality, and he uses all of it in this great picture reminiscent of Chaplin's best films (there's an explicit reference to City Lights).

Poetic and unbelievably beautiful, not to mention really funny, it's a must-see for lovers of European cinema throughout the world.

8,5/10


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