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A Magnificent Haunting (Magnifica presenza)(Magnificent Presence)

A Magnificent Haunting (Magnifica presenza)(Magnificent Presence) (2012)

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28-year old Pietro has just moved to Rome with a new job. When he finds a beautiful apartment at a low rent because it is badly in need of repair, he thinks he's struck lucky. However, objects start mysteriously moving about and strange noises are heard in seemingly empty rooms. Soon he realises he's sharing with seven and a half other flatmates who have been in residence a very, very long time. Has he a ghost of a chance of evicting them or can man and spirit make a harmonious home?

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Ferzan Ozpetek, Federica Pontremoli

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All Critics (12) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (4)

The tension between fantasy and reality, idealism and pragmatism, is at the heart of the story, and explored with some complexity.

October 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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This intriguing mixture of present-day Rome with life in the mid-40s finds both humour and warmth along the way.

November 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

It's an elegantly shot and designed tale, yet strangely lacking in emotional weight.

October 28, 2013 Full Review Source: The List
The List

A gentle comedy about a gay man's attachment to old-school notions of romance, Ferzan Ozpetek's film is reminiscent of Woody Allen at his most whimsical.

October 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

There's real pleasure to be had watching the worlds of the living and the dead intermingle, and Ozpetek handles the supernatural elements with ease, balancing the magic and the mundane to rewarding effect.

October 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

A wee bit special.

October 25, 2013 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Pietro's struggle to reconcile fiction and reality is just about charming enough to hold this frustratingly unresolved and lightly uncomic film together.

October 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

This offbeat ghost story draws us in with its sharp-edged comedy then gets under our skin by quietly shifting the lively humour into much darker emotion.

October 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Contactmusic.com
Contactmusic.com

Fails to enchant thanks to an uneven tone, underdeveloped characters and a laboured final act.

October 24, 2013 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

In the Ozpetek canon, this one is non-essential.

October 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Charming, funny and just a little twisted, it's The Frighteners in the city of La Dolce Vita.

October 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

A Magnificent Haunting doesn't achieve the grand heights it aspires to and it probably won't haunt you for very long, but it has some interesting ideas and it contains some very impressive work.

October 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

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