Melissa P. (film)
Italian theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Luca Guadagnino|
|Based on||100 colpi di spazzola prima di andare a dormire|
by Melissa Panarello
|Music by||Lucio Godoy|
|Edited by||Walter Fasano|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Box office||$7.2 million|
Melissa P. is a 2005 erotic drama film directed by Luca Guadagnino, from a screenplay by Guadagnino, Barbara Alberti and Cristiana Farina and a screen story by Guadagnino and Farina. It is based on 100 colpi di spazzola prima di andare a dormire ("One Hundred Strokes of the Brush Before Bed"), a semi-autobiographical novel by Melissa Panarello. It stars María Valverde, Fabrizia Sacchi, Primo Reggiani, Nilo Mur, Elio Germano, Letizia Ciampa, Davide Pasti, Alba Rohrwacher, Piergiorgio Bellocchio, Giulio Berruti, Marcello Mazzarella, Claudio Santamaria and Geraldine Chaplin.
Melissa is a shy 15-year-old girl who lives with her mother Daria and her heavy-smoking grandmother Elvira, while her father is overseas working on an oil rig. She has a close relationship with her grandmother, but feels increasingly distant from her mother. On a summer afternoon, Melissa and her best friend Manuela attend a pool party at the home of Daniele, a wealthy, attractive boy from school, on whom Melissa has long had a crush. Daniele takes Melissa to a secluded spot, where they talk for a while before he has her perform oral sex on him. Despite the less-than-romantic encounter, Melissa's feelings for Daniele only intensify.
After failed attempts to get Daniele's attention, Melissa goes to a bar where he is hanging out with his friends. Daniele then takes Melissa to his place and she loses her virginity to him. She tells him she loves him, but he coldly rejects her. Humiliated, Melissa vows to never let anyone hurt her again and to only think of her own pleasure.
Melissa's parents decide it is best to send Elvira off to a nursing home due to her heart condition, which further drives a wedge between Melissa and her mother. When Elvira comes home for Christmas, she senses that Melissa is going through a difficult time and tries to alert Daria, who is completely unaware.
One day, Melissa gets a phone call from Daniele, who says he has a surprise and asks her to come over to his place. There, Daniele and his friend Arnaldo goad her into a threesome. Though initially reluctant, Melissa decides to take control of the situation and explore her sexuality. At school, Melissa's diary—in which she details her sexual encounters—falls into the hands of a classmate, who mockingly reads it out loud to other students, including Manuela. Melissa blames Manuela for it and the two have a falling-out.
Melissa gets a call from Arnaldo asking her to meet him. He takes her to an underground basement, where he blindfolds her and has her perform oral sex on him and four other young men. When Daria comes home, she is worried to find that Melissa is not home. She goes into Melissa's room and finds her diary, shocked at its contents. While unsuccessfully trying to call Melissa, Daria goes to the nursing home to see Elvira, but is soon notified of her death.
Meanwhile, Melissa goes to the apartment of an older man she met on a chat room, who takes pleasure in being whipped. However, he soon becomes violent as he starts whipping Melissa, scaring her. She manages to flee and rushes over to the nursing home. When confronted by her mother about her diary, Melissa confirms that the things she wrote in it are true. The two share a tearful embrace, as Daria apologises for being so oblivious.
On the last day of school, Melissa and Manuela rekindle their friendship. Arnaldo confronts Daniele about having sex with his girlfriend, before slapping him in the face. A shy, eccentric student named Marco, who has long had a crush on Melissa, finally finds the courage to approach her. He says he will be transferring to an art school, showing her a notebook with sketches he has made of her. He draws one last sketch of her before they kiss each other on the cheek. After Marco leaves, Daniele shows up and invites Melissa to a party at his place that night; she reluctantly agrees. At the party, Melissa jumps off a cliff into the sea as Manuela, Daniele and other partygoers look on in awe. She then emerges to the surface with a smile on her face. Melissa and her mother bring flowers to Elvira's grave, and the two joyfully hug each other.
- María Valverde as Melissa
- Fabrizia Sacchi as Daria
- Geraldine Chaplin as Nonna Elvira
- Letizia Ciampa as Manuela
- Primo Reggiani as Daniele
- Elio Germano as Arnaldo
- Giulio Berruti as Roberto
- Alba Rohrwacher as Clelia
- Davide Pasti as Leo
- Nilo Mur as Marco
- Piergiorgio Bellocchio as swimming instructor
- Claudio Santamaria as museum custodian
- Marcello Mazzarella as Chiunque
- "Melissa P." Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 23, 2017.
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- "Melissa P." Columbia Pictures. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
- Vivarelli, Nick (23 January 2005). "Sony sets Italo debut with steamy 'Melissa'". Variety. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
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