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SALVO (2013)

SALVO <span>(2013)</span> artwork

SALVO (2013)

Type Feature

Approx. Running minutes 107

Release dates 21/03/2014

BBFCInsight strong language, moderate violence, threat

Genre(s) Thriller, Drama

Director(s) Fabio Grassadonia,Antonio Piazza

Cast includes Saleh Bakri, Luigi Lo Cascio, Sara Serraiocco, Giudetta Perriera, Mario Pupella, Redouane Behache, Jacopo Menicagli

Summary An assassin for the Sicilian mafia, Salvo is solitary, cold and ruthless. When he is assigned to eliminate a rival Mafia clan, he discovers Rita, an innocent blind girl who stands powerlessly by whilst over hearing her brother's murder. What follows is an intense exchange, fuelled by adrenaline and fear between the killer and witness. The darkness is lifted from Rita's eyes just as Salvo decides, against his violent instincts, to spare her life. From then on, both haunted by their brief encounter, attempt to navigate their dangerous next steps side by side. Winner of the 2013 Critics Week Grand Prix prize at Cannes and nominated for the BFI London Film Festival Sutherland Award for first feature, SALVO brings a renewed sensory suspense to the mafia movie with sublime cinematography and evocative soundscape. The film marks the stylishly energetic directorial debut from Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza.

Cut All known versions of this work passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 11/03/2014

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

SALVO is an Italian language drama, with English subtitles, in which a Mafia bodyguard and hitman forms a protective bond with the blind sister of a man he has killed.


There are four subtitled uses of strong language ('f**k'), as well as some milder bad language, including uses of 'dickhead' and 'sons of bitches'.


Infrequent moderate violence, including a shootout involving several men and a scene in which a man is executed with a gun shot to the head. However, there is no blood or injury detail. There is sight of an injured man wearing a heavily bloodstained shirt.


A scene in which a vulnerable blind woman realises she is being stalked in her own home includes a sense of moderate threat.



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