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Critic Reviews for Baarža
The picture does have its plodding moments - but there's enough left over for the rest of us to have a reasonably good time.
It's a shame Tornatore's movie, impressive statement though it is, never musters the emotional potency that would make it really special.
I'm all for bloated, confusing, directorial vanity projects like Synecdoche New York and 8 1/2. But Synecdoche New York and 8 1/2 this ain't.
Baaria is like a pleasant package holiday: alfresco dinners, strolls through lemon orchards.
Audience Reviews for Baarža
Oh how I wanted to really like an Italian film. I guess that this was not the movie that was going to convince me that Italian filmmakers have talent. I had a lot of trouble making any sense of what this movie was trying to convey.
Baarža is an involving autobiographical film with good performances, but I felt disappointed at how unnecessarily overlong it is and at Morricone's unusually ordinary score. Besides, the final fifteen minutes almost manage to ruin everything that had been built up until then.
"Baaria" starts in a small town in Sicily in Fascist Italy with young Peppino Torrenuova(Francesco Scianna) agreeing to buy a pack of cigarettes for an influential man who is otherwise busy with hanging out and playing games at an outdoor cafe. If he gets back by the time the man's spit dries in the dirt, he gets 20 lira which could come in handy, considering his family is always broke and forced to work menial jobs to survive, even with his father knowing how to read and still having all his own teeth. Even as the war promises to change everything, Peppino's family remains doggedly poor. But unlike his father, he takes an interest in politics to proactively put forth change for his fellow countrymen.
As good looking and memorable as "Baaria" is on occasion, it is basically just a series of slightly related vignettes, stretched out to the breaking point of where the movie becomes a slog to sit through before an ending that veers perilously close to sheer allegory about Sicily's hopes and dreams. Otherwise, there are no new insights into Sicily that we have not seen plenty of times before.(And yes, Giuseppe Tornatore, we know you directed "Cinema Paradiso.") At least, the leading character is a Communist this time around.
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