Good Morning, Night (Buongiorno, Notte) (2005)
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The kidnapping and killing of Aldo Moro, Italy's former prime minister and head of the Christian Democrat party, was a cataclysmic event no Italian can forget. Moro was taken hostage by Red Brigade members in March 1978 and almost two months elapsed while negotiations were pursued in vain. His bullet-riddled body was found on May 9th after a phone call alerted the authorities. In the wake of this shocking crime, Italy teetered on the edge of political chaos.
Nov 11, 2005 Limited
Apr 4, 2006
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The strength of Good Morning, Night is not in winking meta-drama but in a clear-eyed, restorative realism that's occasionally broken by quiet flights of fancy.
The race between her deep-set ideology and burgeoning conscience is a compelling one, but there are too many shortcuts -- from fevered dreams to convenient coincidences -- along the way.
Part reality, part fantasy and all compassion. It is a strangely moving experience for the historically aware filmgoer.
Ms. Sansa is an actress of exquisite sensitivity.
The writer-director's inquiry into this tragedy makes for a moving and intelligent film, but the dark story never feels fully realized.
Despite good intentions, Good Morning, Night simply confirms what most viewers want to believe about themselves.
A thoughtful and ultimately chilling take on a tragedy that still has the power to disturb and divide.
condenses a national tragedy into an intense domestic drama, and uses the image of a household in disarray to suggest the widening cracks of a country at odds with itself.
Buongiorno, notte fails even as a lyrical meditation on the kidnapping because the characters do not engage the audience at any point.
Bellocchio, a former Communist party activist, keenly appreciates the way in which the just causes of the past have been replaced by an uncertainty of action and purpose.
[P]otentially fascinating, but doesn't tap into the humanity of its subjects.
Despite a handful of spirited performances, Bellocchio is unable to move his tale beyond a simple class-war badgering.
Good Morning, Night presents a chilling look at the righteous indignation of zealots while at the same time revealing the firepower of empathy and its close relative compassion.
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