Review: Melissa P. (2005)

Melissa P. is an italian movie based on the autobiographical novel 100 colpi di spazzola prima di andare a dormire or One Hundred Strokes of the Brush Before Bed, by Melissa Panarello.  Although the movie doesn’t quite follow the book, they both tell the story of the sexual awakening of an Italian adolescent girl, Melissa, and her exploration of everything that sex means and has to offer, while trying to find real love.

Maria Valverde plays Melissa P. and she does a terrific job. Her performance is great, even though Melissa from the movie is different from the book.  She comes across as obedient, uncertain, submissive at times,  while in the book she’s the dominant one.

Another good performance comes from Geraldine Chaplin, who plays Melissa’s grandmother Elvira and whom you most likely remember from movies like Chaplin and Doctor Zhivago. Continue reading