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Giorni e Nuvole (Days and Clouds) (2007)



Average Rating: 7/10
Reviews Counted: 32
Fresh: 26 | Rotten: 6

An elegantly acted art house film about a middle class couple's struggle to hold their lives together, Days and Cloud is both sensitive and engrossing.


Average Rating: 6.9/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 2

An elegantly acted art house film about a middle class couple's struggle to hold their lives together, Days and Cloud is both sensitive and engrossing.



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In Bread and Tulips, director Silvio Soldini detailed the journey of a discontented housewife who threw caution to the wind to find true happiness in Venice; in Days and Clouds, the same filmmaker explores the opposite side of the coin by telling the tale of a middle-class homemaker from Genoa who suddenly finds her life turned upside down. Elsa (Margherita Buy) is the picture of middle-class contentment: she's happily married, well adjusted, and spends most of her spare time developing her


Art House & International, Drama

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Feb 3, 2009

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Days and Clouds, despite its darkness, warmly reminds us that if we have each other, sometimes that's all we need.

November 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Days and Clouds serves as a primer in coping with depression, financial and/or personal. But it is stirring, serious and, ultimately, mercifully optimistic cinema.

October 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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The movie's success in Italy is partly a matter of frustration: Women need their men to grow up.

October 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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An intelligent adult drama that's especially relevant in these harsh economic times.

September 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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It plays out more like a 12-step program than a human drama.

September 26, 2008 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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This is a portrait of nerve-racking economic times, and it cuts close to the bone in detailing how a marriage suffers when its financial underpinnings are suddenly knocked away.

August 29, 2008 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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It's not a film for those who go to movies to escape life.

May 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Well intentioned yet utterly dull...

March 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

draws viewers in close and never relinquishes its grip

January 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
Old School Reviews

This kind of story is happening much more frequently with the economic recession that is affecting much of the world now.

January 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

... or all the emotional integrity and observational exactness, it's more social study than character drama.

November 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Evidently we aren't the only ones feeling nervous about the economy.

November 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Oregonian

Elsa and Michele's story is such a deft study of what can make a relationship go to pieces that it's a satisfying watch in spite of all the bitterness.

October 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Washington City Paper
Washington City Paper

a thought-provoking and powerful story that will appeal to mature audiences and those who appreciate fine filmmaking...that is worth laying out 12 bucks to see it at the theater.

October 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

Soldini gets at all the nuances of a marriage of many years in crisis, and, without a typical 'happy' ending where all worries are neatly resolved, wraps with hopeful poetry...

September 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

Little is surprising about either characters' behavior, but there isn't a single anguished expression that plays forced or false.

September 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

What seemed at first a provocative study of a family tragedy becomes a two-hour immersion into minutiea until you start thinking that the exits are where the action is.

September 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals
Cinema Signals

Dude, where's my wife and job?

July 13, 2008 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

One way to look at this movie is as an elegantly acted, art-house woman's picture.

July 11, 2008 Full Review Source:

Nothing is forced and the acting is just as sunny.

July 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Audience Reviews for Giorni e Nuvole (Days and Clouds)

This movie goes well with our current economic downfall. It serves as a reminder that losing a job can happen to anybody, and life can change over night. In the end we have to face the reality, pick up the pieces, and move on with our life. However, It's not nearly as engaging or dramatic as other Italian's very quiet, and not much happens.
April 24, 2011

Super Reviewer

a relevant film for these turbulent economic times. a story of loss, identity crises, reinvention, and core values. the final shots of the uncovered fresco leave the viewer hopeful.
May 24, 2010

Super Reviewer

A bit depressing, this tale tells the story of a couple dealing with job loss and shattered dreams. Michele (Antonio Albanese) is forced out of the business he started with his friend and partner. He delays telling his wife, Elsa (Margherita Buy), for two months, until after her graduation with an art degree. The film details the downward spiral as Michele loses hope and ambition and finally succumbs to what appears to be depression. Meanwhile, Elsa must put her hopes and dreams on hold as the major responsibility for the family finances falls to her. Not all is darkness, as a glimmer of hope begins to return by the end, but there is darkness aplenty here. The acting is superb. The scenery and camera work are nothing short of brilliant. The emotions are raw and palpable. The story will hit close to home for anyone facing an uncertain future in the present economy.
July 11, 2010
Mark Abell

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[font=Century Gothic]"Days and Clouds" starts with Elsa(Margherita Buy) graduating from college when she passes her oral exams. As bad as the hangover and glass shard in her foot are the morning after, they cannot begin to compare to the agony of finding out that her husband Michele(Antonio Albanese) lost his job months ago at the company he helped found, lying to her in the bargain.(He did not tell their grown daughter, Alice(Alba Rohrwacher), either and they do not plan on doing so.) Worse still, they are running out of money, forcing them to put their house on the market. In the meantime, Elsa stays on at her unpaid restoration job while Michele turns down a job as a production manager, feeling something better is right around the corner...[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"Days and Clouds" is a perceptive drama about the psychological effects which can be almost as bad as the financial effects of losing one's job. It is especially difficult for Michele and Elsa since they are middle-aged and it is harder for them to start over. As time goes on, pride becomes a luxury as they cannot be choosy about the the type of work offered. And in these circumstances Michele's lying becomes almost understandable but he still should have come clean with everybody.[/font]
July 27, 2008
Walter M.

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