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The Call

La Llamada

Stefano Pasetto

  • Country: Italy/Argentina
  • Year: 2010
  • Language: Italian/Spanish
  • Producer: Pier Andrea Nocella, Gian Filippo Minervini
  • Screenplay: Stefano Pasetto, Veronica Cascelli
  • Runtime: 93
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Two woman, one a married middle-aged airline stewardess, and the other a free-wheeling factory worker open to experience and opportunity, meet and decide to change their lives. Moving to Patagonia and leaving their men behind they find that escape carries with it a different set of responsibilities.

DramaLatin AmericaRomance

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official description

What do you do when you’re stuck in a rut? Stefano Pasetto’s finely balanced tale of two women from different generations and very different sensibilities provides a surprising answer. Frustrated in each of their relationships, the two women get together and leave town, boldly striking out on their own and forming an indelible bond despite their many differences. This is only the beginning of a wonderfully liberating experience that defies narrative expectations.

Lea (Francesca Inaudi) is the young, free spirit. Working as a labourer in a food-processing factory, she knows that she is cut out for better things. She’s happy living with her tattoo-artist boyfriend, but is eager for new experiences. Lucia (Sandra Ceccarelli), on the other hand, has diametrically opposing values and a very different temperament. She is a middle-aged airline stewardess, married to an allergist, and trying to have a baby. Everything about her is uptight, so her psychiatrist tells her to get out and enjoy life. When she advertises to teach piano lessons, Lea blows into her life. The two are polar opposites: Lea walks around barefoot, while Lucia can’t stand being touched. But all this is about to change. When Lea suddenly gets a job in Patagonia, Lucia is stunned. The person who has brought a spark into her life so unexpectedly is about to leave without a hint of regret.

The Call follows this blooming and unlikely relationship. As the two women grow closer and closer, they must also deal with the men they have left behind. Free, independent and strikingly selfish, the older Lucia must learn how to grapple with Lea’s refusal to be pinned down. Both Lea and Lucia are beautifully counter-balanced throughout, and Pasetto proves wonderfully adept at illustrating their unique dynamic. The Call displays a mature cinematic sensitivity and unusual emotional acuity.

Piers Handling

director bio

Stefano Pasetto was born in Rome and is a writer, director and editor. After earning his

Arts degree with a thesis on Krzysztof Kieslowski, he studied at the National Film School of Rome. He directed several award-winning short films and documentaries before making his feature film debut with Turtles on Their Backs (05). The Call (10) is second feature film.

full credits

Principal Cast: Sandra Ceccarelli, Francesca Inaudi, Cesar Bordon, Guillermo Pfening, Arturo Goetz
Pier Andrea Nocella, Gian Filippo Minervini
Guillermo "Bill" Nieto
Alessio Doglione
Abel Tortorelli
Andrea Farri
Production Designer:
Romina Del Prete
International Sales Agent:
 Adriana Chiesa Enterprises
Production Company:
ITER FILM/RAI Cinema SpA/Dock Sur Producciones
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