Melissa P.

November 18th, 2005


Melissa P.

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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.

Release Year: 2005

Rating: 4.7/10 (2,485 voted)

Director: Luca Guadagnino

Stars: María Valverde, Letizia Ciampa, Primo Reggiani

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...

Writers: Barbara Alberti, Cristiana Farina

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

Taglines: You have to lose yourself before you can find yourself


Official Website: Gaumont Columbia Tristar [France] | Official site |

Release Date: 18 November 2005

Filming Locations: Italy

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Did You Know?

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.

User Review

Highly Under-rated

Rating: 8/10

First-off, the only reason I'm writing this is because the 4.3 rating is almost impossible. I mean the direction and cinematography by itself will get this movie to a 6. No, I haven't read the book and I genuinely do not believe that the movie should be rated as per the adaptation from the book. The performances standing out are Melissa (of course) and her grandmother. The music and cinematography have a presence of their own throughout the movie. And the plot never gets boring or unrealistic, given a slightly open imagination. If you're aged anywhere between 15 and 35 I would highly recommend a viewing. The only reason I gave it an 8/10 is because we have movies like Fight Club and Animatrix.


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