Melissa P. (film)

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Melissa P.
Promotional poster
Directed by Luca Guadagnino
Produced by Claudio Amendola
José Ibáñez
Francesca Neri
Roberto Manni
Written by Barbara Alberti
Cristiana Farina
Luca Guadagnino
Melissa Panarello
Starring María Valverde
Geraldine Chaplin
Primo Reggiani
Fabrizia Sacchi
Music by Lucio Godoy
Cinematography Mario Amura
Edited by Walter Fasano
Running time
113 min
Country Italy
Language Italian
Box office $7 million + (Italy)[1]

Melissa P. is a 2005 erotic drama film directed by Luca Guadagnino. It is based on Melissa Panarello's semi-autobiographical diary novel, 100 colpi di spazzola prima di andare a dormire (One Hundred Strokes of the Brush Before Bed) which focuses on the narrator's teenage sex life. María Valverde stars as the protagonist, alongside Geraldine Chaplin in the Italian-Spanish production. The film was released on 18 November 2005 in Italy, where it topped the box office.[2]


Melissa (Valverde) is a shy 15-year-old virgin who feels increasingly distant from her family. Her father works on a foreign oil rig and her mother (Sacci) is too preoccupied with her housewife persona to notice that something is wrong with her daughter. The only person that senses Melissa's discomfort is her grandmother, Elvira (Chaplin). However, Melissa feels completely isolated when Elvira is carted off to a retirement home.

Melissa's sexual education moves beyond her masturbation to a humiliating oral sex encounter behind the swimming pool with Daniele (Reggiani), the most attractive and wealthy local boy. Despite the less-than-romantic encounter, Melissa's crush on Daniele only increases. She fantasizes about Daniele to encourage an orgasm during gym class. She later loses her virginity, which again is not an idyllic encounter.

Later she engages in a threesome with Daniele and his friend Arnaldo (Germano), fully realizing her sexual power and taking control of her sex life.[2]



  1. ^ Jennings, Sheri. Territories tell the tale. Variety. January 9, 2006 - January 15, 2006
  2. ^ a b Young, Deborah. Melissa P.. Variety. 12 December 2005

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