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Vivere (2007)



Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 5

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Francesca and her younger sister, Antonietta, are as different as day and night. By day, Francesca holds the household together and at night she earns a living operating a taxi. Antonietta, however, is a rebellious teenager and desperately wants to get away from the gray confinement of their Cologne suburb. Together with her musician boyfriend, she runs away to Rotterdam, followed by a concerned Francesca who goes in search of her.


Art House & International, Drama

Angelina Maccarone

Jul 13, 2010

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All Critics (17) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (9)

You can't quarrel with the lensing and acting, but the overabundance of coincidences keeps Vivere from reaching its full potential.

February 29, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Post
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The wave-like Rashomon structure of the story, combined with the steady pace and moody look of "Vivere" are lulling, but in the end the situation is neither believable nor fantastic enough to be very compelling.

February 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Three women converge on the road to self-awareness in Vivere, a moody drama from the German director Angelina Maccarone.

February 29, 2008
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I like writer-director Angelina Maccarone's ambition, but her technical ingenuity exceeds her grasp of potentially complex emotions, which get stuck in a groove of mawkish self-pity.

February 28, 2008 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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Hauntingly satisfying.

February 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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German helmer Angelina Maccarone's latest film, Vivere, piles heavy emotional baggage on a slender story frame.

November 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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With truly fine performances, resulting in several riveting scenes, one can easily overlook the dingy cinematography and bothersome sound track to befriend this beguiling look at loneliness.

March 22, 2008 Full Review

Three women trying to cope with the complexities of love and loss, but it's all been said a thousand times before.

March 5, 2008 Full Review
Spirituality and Practice

While Vivere is no merry Christmas tale and the story here is slight and its execution awkward, it delivers many pleasures.

March 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

This ethereal road flick has a legitimate feminist statement to make to those willing to allow women to resolve relationship issues on their own enigmatic terms.

March 1, 2008 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

The dialogue and performances are, and the film's resolution is both haunting and satisfying.

February 29, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A textured and thoughtful effort that transcends sexuality, culture and even language.

February 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Borrows elements from the Babel-icious playbook of Alejandro González Iñárritu. But the sharp focus...helps the film stand out from the interlocking narrative pack.

February 29, 2008 Full Review Source:

A chick-flick with lesbian undertones featuring three meshed stories of little dramatic interest.

February 27, 2008 Full Review Source: Compuserve

Vivere is a study in contrasts that, though it has a somewhat laborious narrative structure, continues Maccarone's ascent as a strong new voice in European cinema.

October 29, 2007 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Vivere

[font=Century Gothic]In "Vivere," Francesca(Esther Zimmering) is by default the mature one in her family, caring both for her father(Aykut Kayacik) and younger sister, Antoinetta(Kim Schnitzer). So, when Antoinetta runs off to Rotterdam just before Christmas, it is up to her older sister to bring her back in her cab so the family can celebrate the holiday together. Along the way, she comes across Gerlinde(Hannelore Elsner), who has just been in a car accident. Dutifully, she drops her off at a nearby hospital but she turns up in the cab again. Not being able to get rid of her so easily, they travel together to Rotterdam.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"Vivere" is a solid movie about loneliness, responsibility and family which all come into play around the holidays, giving everyone a collective headache. What originally starts off resembling "Free Zone" with a plot, eventually gets to a point where it rewinds to tell the story from each woman's viewpoint, revealing back story and a secret or two. And of the three, Francesca's is the most compelling. Even while obeying her father's wishes in going to Rotterdam, she experiences true freedom for the first time.[/font]
March 4, 2008
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