Melissa P. (2005)



Directer:Luca Guadagnino   Producer:Claudio Amendola, José Ibáñez , Francesca Neri  Story:Luca Guadagnino, Cristiana Farina, Melissa Panarello (memoir) (as Melissa P.)   Writter:Barbara Alberti, Cristiana Farina, Luca Guadagnino  Music:Lucio Godoy   Cinematography:Mario Amura   Editor:Walter Fasano Running time:100 min   

Country:Italy | Spain  Language:Italian Genre:Drama   Subtitle: English
María Valverde as Melissa P., Geraldine Chaplin as Nonna Elvira,
Primo Reggiani as Daniele, Fabrizia Sacchi as Daria, Elio Germano as Arnaldo,
Nilo Mur as Marco, Letizia Ciampa as Manuela, Claudio Santamaria as Custode del museo,
Pier Giorgio Bellocchio as Istruttore di nuoto, Marcello Mazzarella as Chiunque






Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2006 Nominated Silver Ribbon Best Song (Migliore Canzone)
For the song "Swan".

An adolescent girl, living with her mother and her grandmother, will have her first sexual experiences in a heavy and excessive way.

Melissa lives with her mother and her grandmother in Sicily. She has a close relationship with her grandmother, a heavy smoker, who seems to be the only person in the world who understands Melissa. Melissa''s father lives in another country. One day Melissa and her friend go to a party at a school friend''s home. While there, Melissa meets Daniele, a boy from the school, and has her first sexual experience. The experience is far from being what Melissa always has dreamed it would be, because Daniele forces her and later forgets her. However, Melissa has fallen in love with Daniele. Back at school, when Melissa tries to get Daniele''s attention, he barely remembers her. He takes advantage of Melissa''s feelings for him, convincing her to have sex with him whenever he wants. When Melissa discovers Daniele''s true motivations, she takes revenge by having even wilder sexual experiences with him and other boys


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.

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.