The Tiger and the Snow

Synopsis: Love and injury in time of war. Attilio de Giovanni teaches poetry in Italy. He has a romantic soul, and women love him. But he is in love with Vittoria, and the love is unrequited. Every night he dreams of marrying her, in his boxer shorts and t-shirt, as Tom Waits sings. Vittoria travels to Iraq with her friend, Fuad, a poet; they are there with the second Gulf War breaks out. Vittoria is injured. Attilio must get to her side, and then, as war rages around him, he must find her the medical care she needs. In war, does love conquer all?
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Roberto Benigni
Production: Strand Releasing
  5 wins & 10 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
110 min

The Tiger And The Snow

Dear Attilio,

we are all gathered here together...

Who's the half-wit who left his car outside?

- That's mine.

- Well you can't leave it there

- Ten Minutes!

- Too long.

- Five!

- No more than five.

In five minutes I'm going to clamp you!

Gang of loonies, here every bloody night...

This woman has something to say to you.

Attilio De Giovanni,

I sing your name,

it opens the gates of Paradise.

You will be mine forever,

so grant me gods.

When you kiss me, the Four Horsemen

of the Apocalypse gallop forth

and when I think of your body,

so troubled and vague,

the ground opens beneath my feet.

Your divine manhood ascends to heaven,

you're beautiful!

You sunflower crazed by light,

when you raise your eyes you

set the sky ablaze.

Friends, see how the Earth,

like a mother,

gives suck to her most precious child.

Oh my beloved,

all creation overflows with passion,

and like a golden comet in the sky,

from my mouth burst forth this cry.

I love you.

I want to make love to you now.

That's the best line

I ever heard in my life.

Still not here?


Here he is!

- On the dot!

- You're 20 minutes late, Daddy!

- Yes, 20 minutes on the dot.

- You couldn't find the car?

- Hi Carla, everything okay?

- Fine, thanks.

I have a programme and tomorrow

I'll have them at school at 9:00 sharp.

- At 8:

- I know.

- I'll remind him.

- I'll remember all right!

Mamma doesn't trust you.

She doesn't trust me?

She doesn't trust you.

- Where are we going?

- A surprise!

- Sure I'm not hurting him?

- Course you are not.

Shall I wash his feet too?

I honestly couldn't care less.

Still the same guy, what's-his-name?

Yes, Francesco Verri,

he's not even in my class.

- The less I see him the better.

- Is he really that bad?

Very bad, hateful

- Hateful?

- Hateful.

- In other words, you love him.

- Yes.

- A lot?

- Lots and lots.

- Emilia, Daddy!

- Rosa!

Hang on!

- The best camel driver ever.

- What a fantastic present!

Thank the director here, thanks Camillo.

Now we're in Rome I hope

we'll see you more often.

- Want to have a go?

- Me?

- You're scared.

- Daddy's not scared of anything.

He's all right?

- Does he spit?

- No.

This is great,

how do you get him to stand up?

It's twice as high as a horse!

No seat belt!

How about that then, eh?

Just when I'm on a camel!


You've got the hearing this morning.

For the furniture you shouldn't have sold,

ignoring a summons back in '98...

I can't right now, can we do it tomorrow?

You've got to be here within three minutes

or they'll sentence you!

Three minutes, make that two!

Down, boy.



How about that?

Camels may be smelly, but they're smart.

- What's that?

- A bat!

Get down, keep down!

It's casing the joint,

let's see what it's up to!

Let's get under the bed.

Go away, beastly bat!

Don't say that.

You'll offend it if you call it a beastly bar,

you've got to be nice.

Oh bat, sweet creature of the night,

you'll find the window on your right!

"What luck!"

That's what poetry's all about,

you called it a beastly bat...

It always works.

I was shaving in the bathroom yesterday.

A spider climbed in

and I said to it,

"Spider dear, get out of here".

- It went!

- And if you find a mouse?

"Mr. Mouse, leave this house"

then run for it.

Will you teach me to write nice poems?

How did you become a poet?

How do you start?

I was small, younger than you are now,

eight or nine.

I was with my mother,

I loved her so much...

We were at Uncle Giustino's

and there was a wood.

- Do you know what happened?

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Roberto Benigni

Roberto Remigio Benigni, Cavaliere di Gran Croce OMRI (Italian pronunciation: [roˈbɛrto beˈniɲɲi]; born 27 October 1952) is an Italian actor, comedian, screenwriter and director. He co-wrote, directed and acted in the 1997 film Life Is Beautiful, which garnered him the Academy Award for Best Actor and the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. He also portrayed Inspector Clouseau's son in Son of the Pink Panther (1993) and has collaborated with filmmaker Jim Jarmusch in three of his films: Down by Law (1986), Night on Earth (1991) and Coffee and Cigarettes (2003). more…

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