A Five Star Life (2014)
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Its refreshing conclusion is more suited to ambiguous European sensibilities than the all-American desire for happy endings or at least concrete resolutions ...
There is a warm naturalness to the dialogue, and Buy is wonderfully evocative.
Audience Reviews for A Five Star Life
One person's happiness, is not always the same as another's. This was a key lesson I learned in A Five Star Life's final moments. A lesson I take to heart.
"Up in the Air" meets "I Am Love," but with a nice feminist twist where the female protagonist doesn't actually need a man to be happy. That's how I'm billing "A Five Star Life" ("Viaggio Sola," or "I Travel Alone," in the original Italian) and I'm sticking to it! In this visually sumptuous (sponsored by "The Leading Hotels of the World!") coming-to-terms-with-life story about a visually sumptuous middle-aged woman - an amazing Margherita Buy ("We Have a Pope") - we meet Irene (Buy), a luxury hotel inspector who travels the world for an agency that rates five-star hotels to determine whether they still deserve all five of those stars. Along the way, she is forced to rate her own romance-free child-free life and determine the best path forward.
On the one hand, it's a beautiful movie, buoyed by Buy's magnificent performance, and like "The Trip to Italy" and "Magic in the Moonlight" offering the viewer the aesthetic delights of gorgeous locations that (somewhat) make up for flaws in the screenplay. On the other hand, however, those flaws accumulate to the point where the script and characters become too schematic: conversations between Irene and her sister, and Irene and her former lover feel overwhelmingly expositional; a late arrival to the story - a British feminist intellectual - is inserted into the plot, it seems, merely to force Irene into self-awareness. Still, there's something to be said for elegantly presented and marvelously acted eye candy, and you could do worse than spend 85 minutes (blessedly short!) watching Margherita Buy traipse through some of the most stunning hotels in the world.
Solid 4/5 stars. Imagine... not s single shot fired, no guns, no in-your-face hypergymnastic sex. Nope... just a very pleasant diversion with sensational scenery and good looking people telling a simple story very aptly.
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