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Nour is ten years old and she crossed the Mediterranean by herself to reach Europe. What is she doing on her own in Lampedusa, among the survivors of a shipwreck? Pietro Bartolo, the doctor on the island, takes care of her and, step by step, he tries to reconstruct not only the girl’s past, but also her present and a new future.
I wondered how I could present Nour’s story with the proper respect. I came to the conclusion that nothing in this film could be recreated artificially. To be credible, Nour had to be halfway between true life, which Pietro Bartolo described in his book, and the narrated life which Sergio Castellitto portrays on the screen. Two ways to recount what is real and what is realistic, so that everyone can relate to a complex story, even if it is deeply rooted in the harshest, most uncomfortable, and controversial reality there is.