It plays out more like a 12-step program than a human drama.
It's a 110-minute-long ending with no end in sight.
... or all the emotional integrity and observational exactness, it's more social study than character drama.
| Original Score: C+
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Well intentioned yet utterly dull...
| Original Score: 2/4
Elsa (Margherita Buy) and Michele (Antonio Albanese) have a problem: They're a married couple in a middlebrow arthouse movie.
While the context, in the U.S. as well as its native country, lends Days And Clouds added resonance, Soldini's main interest is in the politics of marriage.
| Original Score: B+
Dude, where's my wife and job?
| Original Score: 4/4
Nothing is forced and the acting is just as sunny.
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
Michele, in his inviolable pride and short temper, is almost a caricature of the vain Italian man, but the film otherwise deals with emotion in a truthful way.
| Original Score: 4/6
Evidently we aren't the only ones feeling nervous about the economy.
Money makes the world go round in Days and Clouds, a darling relationship drama that probes our collective fears about financial instability with an almost profoundly empathetic detachment.
| Original Score: 3/4
Little is surprising about either characters' behavior, but there isn't a single anguished expression that plays forced or false.
Sensitive and subtle, it sympathetically details the devastation of economic insecurity and the regeneration of a marriage.
| Original Score: 7/10
A flawlessly directed drama about an Italian couple's life together in love that is besieged by unemployment and the drastic downsizing of their lives.
| Original Score: 3/5
One way to look at this movie is as an elegantly acted, art-house woman's picture.
| Original Score: 2.75/5
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...
| Original Score: A-
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.
| Original Score: A