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  • Summary: A hitman for the Sicilian Mafia, Salvo is solitary, cold and ruthless. When he sneaks into a house on an assignment, he discovers Rita, an innocent young blind girl who must stand by powerlessly while her brother is assassinated. What follows is an intense exchange fueled by adrenaline and fear between the killer and his witness, one that changes their two lives in an instant. The darkness is lifted from Rita's eyes just as Salvo decides, against his murderous instincts, to spare her life. From then on, both haunted by their brief encounter, these two damaged souls will attempt to navigate their dangerous next steps side by side. [Film Movement] Expand
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Jordan Mintzer
    Aug 21, 2014
    An aesthetically arresting hit man story that gets by more on its craftsmanship than on its minimalist, borderline ham-fisted narrative, Salvo nonetheless marks an impressive feature debut from Italian writing-directing duo Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza.
  2. Reviewed by: Sherilyn Connelly
    Aug 19, 2014
    Viewers looking for a shoot-em-up will be disappointed, but those hankering for an old-school Italian broodfest will find plenty to soak in.
  3. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Aug 21, 2014
    A soulful romance, an existential action flick and something of a miracle movie — the appealing slow-burner Salvo hovers at the crossroads of genre.
  4. Reviewed by: Ben Nicholson
    Jul 7, 2014
    Salvo ends up feeling like a very bright start for its creators but never quite finds a narrative or thematic drive to match its artistic verve.
  5. Reviewed by: David Parkinson
    Jul 7, 2014
    A sparse and languid Italian thriller that carries a debt to Melville.
  6. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Jul 7, 2014
    Salvo is a strange, involving, if flawed movie.
  7. Reviewed by: Matt Glasby
    Jul 7, 2014
    Writer/directors Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza’s debut explores over-familiar territory and suffers from fiercely ponderous pacing.

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