A Summer In Genoa Reviews

November 5, 2009
Whether you go with this idea might depend on how many times you've seen it before, in sentimental American films. The fact that the film is more artful doesn't make the ghost of the mother less of a cliche.
November 4, 2009
Though he labours the symbolism of the maze, Winterbottom infuses this otherwise subtle observational drama with the verisimilitude that has become his chief style signature.
November 1, 2009
A delightful sojourn for one indie filmmaker and his cast and crew in a fascinating old Italian town.
September 1, 2009
Genova conveys its strongest themes through insinuation, and modulates its shifting moods through Winterbottom's precisely calibrated DV processing.
March 31, 2009
Winterbottom employs a naturalistic style that, in its self-conscious flatness, becomes an affectation, and the complete, wanton lack of any kind of drama is frustrating.
March 27, 2009
A film that's ambiguous, involving and very intelligent indeed.
March 27, 2009
It can be to mix a strange city with devastating loss. It's at once a deeply sad film and a deeply truthful and optimistic one.
March 27, 2009
Winterbottom tries to make a modern and meaningful parable. He fails quite miserably.
March 27, 2009
It is impossible not to admire the fluency and intelligence of Winterbottom's film-making, and his prolific output. Yet Genova is a disappointment, more like a tentative sketch for a movie than the actual finished product.
March 27, 2009
This study in grief has a constricted, somewhat calculated feel - it's missing the torn-from-the-headlines urgency of his best work.
March 27, 2009
Join up the dots in Michael Winterbottom's new film and you get the outline of a shaggy dog. But if Genova meanders, it has an ensorcelling, even zodiacal charm.
March 27, 2009
I suspect the director was aiming for a sun-blessed version of Don't Look Now, but his ghost story conjures neither suspense nor intrigue.
March 27, 2009
This is a much more intimately reflective drama than Winterbottom usually supplies, and it tells us a lot about loss in a dozen small ways. The cast, particularly the children, do the director proud.