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by Stefano Pasetto


A nameless love. A boy and a girl who, like many others, hold onto the eternal flame. This is a story of the “first images” that remain impressed upon our memories of someone who passes through our lives. He and She are thirty-year olds living in Trieste. In the visitor’s room of a prison, over games of Scrabble, they reconstruct the series of missed encounters that punctuated their mutual past. The words that appear on the game board open the chapters that tell us their story. All their lives they have brushed by each other, each one ignorant of the presence of the other. Only a turtle, a token of their adolescent love, ties them together. They meet again in an operating room; He is the patient and She is the surgeon.

original title: Tartarughe sul dorso
country: Italy
year: 2004
genre: fiction
directed by: Stefano Pasetto
film run: 92'
screenplay: Marina Fabbri, Carmelo Marabello, Stefano Pasetto
cast: Fabrizio Rongione, Barbora Bobulova, Gordana Miletic, Luigi Diberti, Vittorio Amandola, Antonio Manzini, Caterina Casini, Lucia Mascino, Chiara Sani
cinematography by: Paolo Bravi
film editing: Babak Karimi
art director: Carlo Rescigno
costumes designer: Rosalia Guzzo
music: "Banda Osiris"
producer: Rosanna Seregni
production: Sintra Film
backing: Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali
distributor: Istituto Luce Cinecittà
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