The Solitude of Prime Numbers

Synopsis: Alice and Mattia, two exceptional personalities but inadequate, synthesis of two lives in pain, two special people who travel on the same track, but are two worlds imploded, unable to open up to the world. One fully understands the feelings of the other, but is never able to express them out loud, in short, they are two prime numbers. Prime numbers are divisible only by 1 and themselves.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Saverio Costanzo
Production: Medusa
  6 wins & 13 nominations.
118 min


Calm down.



How many axes of symmetry

make up a square?


- No, four.

- Correct Mattia. Four.

One, two, three, and four.

Now let's draw a hexagon,

a hexagon is a six-sided polygon.

Let's draw the axes of symmetry.

So does a circle

have infinite axes of symmetry?


Michela, stop it.


Calm down!

- Will you stay with her?

- Yes.

Get up.

Come on!

My birthday is on Saturday,

it'll be a costume party,

my mom said you can come too,

and so can she.

Let's go.

I don't care

if you're not rich enough.

It's an impossible love,

your father will never allow...

Let go please, I didn't do anything!

That's my father!

- Let go! - He's just a child.

He didn't do it on purpose.

Forgive him,

if he did it, it was only out of hunger.

He hasn't eaten in days.

Do you know him?

Yes, he's an orphan. Believe me,

he's never done this before.

Let him go.

Punish me instead if you want.

- Fine, he can go.

- Thank you very much.

Let this be a lesson,

never steal again.

Go home now.

- My countess!

- Hi, dad.

Breakfast is ready.

Come on, get up.

Alice's breakfast... here it is!

The reception needs to be perfect.

Thank you.

The champion's breakfast,

look at this!

Here it is!

Not a crumb for mom,

she sits around like an ornament.

Honey? Are you awake?

Still in bed? Rise and shine!

With this marriage,

have the kingdom at our feet.

Here she is!

- Hi!

- The prettiest of all!

- Beautiful!

- You're so big Alice!

- She's grown so much.

- So beautiful!

You have lovely eyes.

My champion!

- You must be starved.

- We were watching you.

You flew like a Peregrine Falcon.

- You clobbered them all?

- Yes!

That's right, good girl! Sit down.

My doll of steel!

Let's get you some food,

some real sustenance.

I ordered cornmeal

with venison for you.

Know what we'll do after eating?

The Kandahar and Motta slopes.

- She's too young for Motta.

- Please, folks!

We have to push her,

or she'll remain a novice.


She must be first

amongst the best or nothing.

- What if someone see us?

- Nobody's here.

You're crazy!

- What if someone see us?

- Nobody's here.

Like it, Viola?

You like when I'm rough.

You're hurting me.

Giacomo, stop it!

- What's the fucking problem?

- You're hurting me.

- Piss off, bitch!

- Wait, Giacomo!

Here's the school.

Hope we've made the right choice.


Changing schools.

Go on, go.

- Bye dad.

- Bye, be good.

Run, it's pouring rain.

And bring home the umbrella, Mattia.


You have such nice hair.

Don't tell anybody

what you heard, Alice!


You must be Balossino.

Kids, this is your new classmate.

- Hi.

- Welcome.

Tell us about yourself.


My name is Mattia.


All right, you can sit here.

Thus, determine the initial values

of V zero and T,

V zero is the velocity

of the two point-like bodies...

- Nice to meet you.

- Nice to meet you.



Mattia, you're only 24 years old...

Only 24? Only?

Why should he stay in Italy?

It's no place for people like him.

Germany has

a strong tradition of research.

- You don't know German.

- He'll learn.

Young people can learn languages.

We're influencing him too much,

let him speak.


parents are responsible

for guiding their kids in life.

Mattia should go to Germany,

make a great career for himself,

and be happy.

He can come back to Italy any time.

Maybe he could do a trial period.

Ask if you can stay

forjust a few months...

- Then decide if you like it.

- A trial period?

It's a competitive field,

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Paolo Giordano

Paolo Giordano (born 1982) is an Italian writer who won the Premio Strega literary award with his first novel The Solitude of Prime Numbers. more…

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