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Don't Move
Directed by Sergio Castellitto
Produced by Marco Chimenz
Giovanni Stabilini
Riccardo Tozzi
Written by Sergio Castellitto (story & screenplay)
Margaret Mazzantini (novel, story & screenplay)
Starring Penélope Cruz
Sergio Castellitto
Claudia Gerini
Music by Lucio Godoy
Vasco Rossi
Cinematography Gianfilippo Corticelli
Editing by Patrizio Marone
Distributed by Northern Arts Entertainment (USA)
Dogwoof Pictures (United Kingdom)
Medusa Distribuzione (Italy)
Release date(s) March 12, 2004 (Italy)
March 11, 2005 (US (limited))
Running time 125 minutes
Country Italy
Language Italian

Don't Move (Italian: Non ti muovere) is a 2004 Italian film directed by Sergio Castellitto. It stars Penélope Cruz, Claudia Gerini, Elena Perino and the director himself. Both Castellitto and Cruz received critical praise for their performances, as well as several awards, including the prestigious David di Donatello. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.[1]



Timoteo (Sergio Castellitto),a surgeon, gets the shocking news that his fifteen-year old daughter(Elena Perino) has been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident and in a precarious condition.As his daughter is operated upon, Timoteo looks out of a window to see(or imagines seeing) a woman, her back facing him, proceeding to sit down on a chair in the rain outside. He notices her prominent red heels and turns away in disbelief, indicating he was familiar with those. Old memories come rushing back and his subsequent reminiscense about an old affair forms a major chunk of the remainder of the film.

The next scene shows Timoteo sitting in a bar in an unfamiliar location on a hot day. Italia (Penelope Cruz), a woman of Albanian origin working at the bar and wearing red heels, offers to let him make a seemingly important call from her home. The inebriated Timoteo, having entered her flat, rapes Italia and subsequently falls in love with her. He learns from her, among other things, she was sexually abused in her childhood by a dress salesman (who is later revealed to be her father), and also takes Italia to a conference. He decides to leave his wife Elsa (Claudia Gerini) and tells Italia, but just as he is about to come clean with her he discovers that she is pregnant. Meanwhile, Italia also becomes pregnant with his child. Timoteo, now in a real dilemna, cannot gather the courage to confront Elsa in her condition. Italia, unaware of this, interprets Timoteo's hesitation as a lack of commitment on his part and is heartbroken by this perceived betrayal. Later, Timoteo encounters a seemingly unstable Italia dancing frenziedly outside her house. On his chiding her, Italia tells him agitatedly that she has had their child aborted at a nearby gypsy's,adding bitterly that it was for the best as she wouldn't have made a good mother anyway. Greatly disturbed by this development,Timoteo leaves and goes home to his pregnant wife.

Some months later,Timoteo,shopping with his wife who is about to deliver, spots Italia in a crowd and rushes after her in the rain. After catching up with her, he profusely apologises to Italia, asking her forgiveness for all the pain he caused her. After reacting violently initially,Italia tells him that she knew now why he could not leave his wife and that she understood. He also learns from her that she would be moving to another town shortly.

Next morning,Timoteo offers to drive Italia down to her town. During the journey, his feelings for Italia grow stronger and he confesses his desire to marry and settle down with her in the new town. While having dinner at a stop, Timoteo 'marries' himself off to Italia and refers to her as 'my wife' while speaking to a waitress.

That night, he is woken by Italia's screams as she is gripped by an unbearable pain in her abdomen.She is rushed to the local hospital,where an ultrasound reveals her belly to be full of blood,indicating a botched abortion. A desperate Timoteo then proceeds to operate on Italia. She dies soon after briefly regaining consciousness.

His recollections are interrupted by a nurse who informs him that his daughter's condition has stabilised. He then visits her with his wife who had just arrived. In the final act, a relieved Timoteo takes out Italia's red heel, which he had carefully preserved and kisses it as a gesture of thanks.


Penelope Cruz, who learned Italian for the role, earned critical acclaim for her performance and won the David di Donatello. She was also awarded the European Film Award for the Best Actress for the film.[2]


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