Exit: una storia personale

Exit: una storia personale 1 , 2 , 3 is an Italian film written, directed and produced by Massimiliano Amato , released in 2010 .

The film won the Prix ​​d’Interprétation Masculine ( Luca Guastini ) and Special Mention CICAE – Pierre Todeschini at the Festival du Cinéma Italien d’Annecy 2010 .

The film

The meeting with a young man who said he wanted to go to the Netherlands to submit to assisted suicide (see the Euthanasia Act in the Netherlands and the Chabot case 1991 – 1995 ) was the initial idea Inspired intrigue. The boy was convinced that it was the only way to end a life he thought unworthy. An extreme position, hardly acceptable, which is not feasible for a foreign national. The law is clear on this point, and even if it is said that some Dutch structures in the past have agreed to practice euthanasia in foreign patients, it is in fact not possible for various reasons, not only of nature legal. The young man then took his own life alone, without the help of anyone. A suicide announced, the result of a strong mental health problem .

Amato refused to define Exit: una storia personale as a protest film or a work of social engagement. The story is inspired by the intimate element of an unpleasant condition and its relationship with its brother, not so much medical, social and ethical issues.


In Rome , Marco, the main character of the story lives a life very different from that of the young people of his age. He does not have a family, he does not go to university and he has no work. He lives in a community of young psychotics, he follows a therapeutic support program, and his only connection with the outside is his brother Davide. After the suicide of his roommate, his only friend, Marco slips into a deep crisis that leads him to believe that his life does not deserve to be lived because it is an unnecessary suffering.

In the midst of a crisis, he asked his brother Davide to accompany him to Holland to plan assisted suicide. Davide, accustomed to the delusions of his brother, does not take into consideration his request. He does not know, and can not know that what Marco says is plausible. Indeed, the Dutch protocol on euthanasia also applies to severe psychological suffering.

The day after their discussion, Marco escapes from the host community and takes the train to Amsterdam with the intention of carrying out his desperate mission – or crazy, according to point of view 4 .

Data sheet

  • Directed by: Massimiliano Amato
  • Screenplay : Massimiliano Amato
  • Dialogues: Massimiliano Amato
  • Music: Francesco Perri
  • Photo: Massimiliano Amato
  • Editing: Lorenzo Morganti
  • Producer: Massimiliano Amato
  • Distribution: Les Grands Films Classiques
  • Format: Colors – Stereo sound – HD transferred on 35 mm film
  • Country: Italy
  • Production languages: Italian – English
  • Release dates
    •  France :
    •  Italy :


  • Luca Guastini : Marco is a young person in difficulty. The absence of a family, the gradual withdrawal of society, but also the difficulty of maintaining a stable relationship with his brother, make him perceive the world around him as hostile. His vision of reality is only partly distorted: Marco has a great sensitivity and clearly perceives the pressures of the society of men.
  • Nicola Garofalo : Davide is a man of a little more than thirty years, and lives an existence full of difficulties, especially in his private life. His brother’s mental disorders, lack of support, precariousness of his professional situation weigh on his daily life. Caught in this vice, he tries nevertheless to limit the consequences and to go forward.
  • Marcella Braga : Nina is a free spirit. A girl who decides to turn the page of a long and difficult sentimental relationship. Witnessing against her will the difficult relationship between Marco and Davide, she decides to distance herself from her companion. She no longer has the courage to live in this continual anguish, she no longer wants to witness what she calls a real game of massacre.
  • Paolo Di Gialluca : Caracci is the doctor of the community where Marco and Maurizio live.
  • Antonio Calamonici : Maurizio is Marco’s roommate.


  • Prix ​​d’Interprétation masculine at the Annecy Cinéma Italien ( 2010 ) 5 .
  • Special mention (CICAE – Pierre Todeschini) at the Annecy Cinéma Italien ( 2010 ) 6 .


This film was shot without recourse to a troupe or a technical team, according to a model of experimental production of digital cinematography.


The official premiere took place on Saturday, October 2, 2010 at the Italian Film Festival in Annecy , France .

The first screening in cinemas also took place in France , on Wednesday 23 February 2011 , at the Espace Saint-Michel cinema in Paris .

Well received by the critical French 7 , 8 , 9 , 10 , the film was distributed by Les Grands Films Classiques .

Notes and references

  1. ↑ ( en ) Filmitalia.org  [ archive ] , “Film Italia”, accessed on December 28, 2010.
  2. ↑ ( en ) IMDb.com  [ archive ] , “Les Grands Films Classiques IMDb”, was viewed on December 28, 2010.
  3. ↑ ( it ) cinemaitaliano.info  [ archive ] , “Exit in French cinemas”, accessed on December 28, 2010.
  4. ↑ ( it ) cinemaitaliano.info  [ archive ] , “Movie Description”, accessed December 28, 2010.
  5. ↑ cineuropa.org  [ archive ] , “Prix Annecy”, accessed on 28 December 2010.
  6. ↑ focus-in.info  [ archive ] , “Prix Annecy”, accessed on 28 December 2010.
  7. ↑ lefigaro.fr  [ archive ] , “Critique, Le Figaro February 23, 2011,” accessed March 3, 2011.
  8. ↑ lemonde.fr  [ archive ] , “Critique, Le Monde 22 February 2011”, accessed on 3 March 2011.
  9. ↑ humanite.fr  [ archive ] , “Critique, L’Humanité February 23, 2011”, accessed on March 3, 2011.
  10. ↑ next.liberation.fr  [ archive ] , “Critique, Libération March 2, 2011”, accessed March 3, 2011.