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Giuseppe Tornatore directed this grand-scale portrait of life and love over several decades in a small town in Sicily. The Torrenuovas are a family of peasant shepherds who have lived and worked in Bagheria though many generations. In the years before the rise of Mussolini, the family often found themselves working for Don Giacinto (Lollo Franco), a local tycoon who often used his power and position to take advantage of others. Young Peppino Torrenuova senses a profound injustice in the way Don
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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.
If you have ever smiled at a Bertoli commercial it could be just the film for you.
Although at times it feels a little too packed, taking a closer look into fascist times, war and the notorious Italian mafia through the eyes of every day people is refreshing.
There are massive crowd scenes, bombing raids, mafia dramas and nostalgia by the skipload. A film about one or two of these things might have been decent. This film touches on all of them, and ends up being about nothing.
From the magical realist opening to the operatic finale, everything in this ravishingly photographed scrapbook of sun-kissed memories and picture-postcard nostalgia is sweeping, involving, romantic and disarmingly sentimental.
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