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Ciao (2008)

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33

Average Rating: 5.3/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 6

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Two men meet and fall in love under the least joyous of circumstances in this low-key drama from writer and director Yen Tan. Jeff (Adam Neal Smith) has been close friends with Mark most of his life, so when Mark unexpectedly dies, Jeff volunteers to clear out Mark's apartment and tie up the loose ends of his personal business. While examining Mark's correspondence, Jeff learns that he had been exchanging flirtatious e-mails for some time with Andrea (Alessandro Calza), an Internet designer from

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Drama, Gay & Lesbian

Alessandro Calza, Yen Tan

Mar 23, 2010

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All Critics (13) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (9)

In Yen Tan's glacially paced movie (every shot is relentlessly symmetrical), the actors are squares in graph-paper compositions.

January 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Yen Tan's Ciao is a revelation, a minimalist work of maximum effect. It is determinedly understated and consistently expressive, beautifully composed yet never studied.

December 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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It's made on the smallest of budgets and features awkward if sincere performances, yet Yen Tan's film still manages to strike a series of plangent emotional truths about speaking one's heart and moving on.

December 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Ciao moves at a snail's pace. It feels long even at its abbreviated length.

December 12, 2008 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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The story is so minimal that it almost doesn't exist.

December 5, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Deeply sincere and exceedingly slow even at 87 minutes, Ciao involves two strangers who become acquaintances after the death of a mutual friend.

December 5, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Times
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In theory, there's no reason a movie shouldn't endeavor to be somber and tentatively hopeful at the same time. In practice, unfortunately, Ciao is depressing and ploddingly elegiac.

December 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
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The plotline of 'Ciao' is trite -- and the filmmaking itself drags.

December 4, 2008 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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The ever-static camera undercuts the poignantly understated performances with the egotism of a futon ad photographer who fancies Ozu.

November 30, 2008 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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A little overly artsy and not so interesting. I was disappointed.
April 20, 2010
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