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Baarìa Reviews

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Super Reviewer
December 29, 2016
Baarìa is an involving autobiographical drama with good performances, but I feel disappointed at Ennio Morricone's ordinary score and how unnecessarily overlong the film is. Besides, the last fifteen minutes almost manage to ruin everything that was built up until then.
February 6, 2015
One Of My Favorite Holiday Movies .
Giuseppe Tornatore <3
July 7, 2014
Baarìa est le surnom local d'une petite ville de Sicile. Elle va voir vivre 3 générations de la famille Torrenuova des années 20 aux années 80 : Cicco est un berger amoureux de poésie. Son fils Peppino va devenir un communiste engagé. Le petit Pietro est le lien vers la modernité contemporaine. Chacun illustrant l'Italie de son temps et toutes les transformations par lesquelles elle est passée.
Avec Giuseppe Tornatore à la réalisation, l'attente était placée haute pour ce Baaría. Le visuel est magnifique, les couleurs maitrisées, la lumière parfaite. Malheureusement, en passant d'une époque à l'autre, on est un peu perdu et il est parfois difficile de saisir la cohérence globale de toutes les histoires. L'accent est mis sur la vie de Peppino et de ses engagements politiques, mettant en lumière par la même occasion la chute du fascisme et la montée du socialisme. C'est très joli à regarder et agréable de suivre son histoire, mais la durée de 2h30 étire le récit et fini par lasser quelque peu. Mention spéciale à la scène finale, joliment surréaliste avec le mélange de deux époques, symbolique du changement qu'a connu Baarìa.
November 5, 2013
rather rambling attempt at the ultimate Sicilian chronicle. The Taviani brothers had a more efficient approach with Kaos in the eighties. Sometimes hard to keep track of who's who, especially with unnecessary subplot doppelgangers turning up played by the same actors. Big surprise to see Angela Molina in an Italian movie for the first time in decades. Some pretty good camera work.
September 21, 2013
Not That Good .... You Always Expecting Much From a Film-maker Like Tornatore.
April 18, 2013
½ March 9, 2013
It had a good plot, but I thought that the way it was edited and produced seemed a little bit amateur in some parts. Good acting, but was still pretty boring in some parts.
February 3, 2013
A long, comprehensive saga of a film spanning about 7 decades from the 1930s to almost the present day. Beautifully shot throughout, it's quite remarkable how the actors play characters with such a wide age range, but they manage it brilliantly well. Story-wise, this wants to be a political version of Cinema Paradiso, but somehow lacks the emotion or appeal, or brilliant music despite Morricone writing the score again. The ending is rather peculiar too. After 2hrs 22, it seemed rather like they ran out of film or something, quickly tying it up with a brief arty montage about a spinning top. There are a few brief nods to Paradiso and Malena which were nice touches, and Baaria was never boring, but I wouldn't want to see it again. Some brief scenes of animals not being treated well rather marred any enjoyment too. 7.75/10
January 8, 2013
While the concept of a film which centres around a village is quite interesting and some elements of nostalgia remind one of Tornatore's classic Cinema Paradiso, it can't help but feel like an over produced vanity project.
December 21, 2012
Beautifully shot throughout, and the style is fresh with a fragmented storyline which is snapshots of one man's life in Sicily over 50 years, and it comes at you fast As a non-Italian speaker this however feels like 150 minutes of constant shouting by all and sundry in the town depicted, which is too much.
½ December 17, 2012
Beautifully shot with some interesting twists. Very episodic and quite hard to follow, it really doesn't have a straightforward narrative thread. Had to watch it in two sessions as E. fell asleep the first time around! It messes with the time line too in places which adds to the challenge. Good stuff, could have been even better.
December 15, 2012
Oh dear. Giuseppe Tornatore (Cinema Paradiso) attempts to do a 'Novecento'... the grand Italian historical epic, but set in small-town Sicily. But he's no Bertolucci. It's messy, disjointed, undramatic, uninvolving, saccharine, sentimental, vastly overlong and lacking in any narrative drive. The incessant syrupy music track recalls Cinema Paradiso, the photography recalls any number of beer commercials from Stella Artois to Guinness, and the 'magic realist' elements - last refuge of the authorial scoundrel IMHO - simply puts the crowning cherry on this overblown directorial vanity project.
December 7, 2012
A beautiful romantic view of an Italian town and its varied society.
Super Reviewer
½ November 8, 2012
"Baaria" starts in a small town in Sicily in Fascist Italy with young Peppino Torrenuova(Francesco Scianna) agreeing to buy a pack of cigarettes for an influential man who is otherwise busy with hanging out and playing games at an outdoor cafe. If he gets back by the time the man's spit dries in the dirt, he gets 20 lira which could come in handy, considering his family is always broke and forced to work menial jobs to survive, even with his father knowing how to read and still having all his own teeth. Even as the war promises to change everything, Peppino's family remains doggedly poor. But unlike his father, he takes an interest in politics to proactively put forth change for his fellow countrymen.

As good looking and memorable as "Baaria" is on occasion, it is basically just a series of slightly related vignettes, stretched out to the breaking point of where the movie becomes a slog to sit through before an ending that veers perilously close to sheer allegory about Sicily's hopes and dreams. Otherwise, there are no new insights into Sicily that we have not seen plenty of times before.(And yes, Giuseppe Tornatore, we know you directed "Cinema Paradiso.") At least, the leading character is a Communist this time around.
October 6, 2012
It's grand in scale and music... but ultimately empty...
June 27, 2012
Tornatore once again packs too much in one film, but the scenes of mid-century life in Southern Italy offer some beautiful storytelling and nice snippets of nostalgia.
½ May 1, 2012
Nice movie, but confused unfocused script
April 28, 2012
- So who are you voting for?
- Our Lord
- heh....
-This is not our Lord , I might be blind but am not stupid.
½ April 2, 2012
The Italian equivalent to "The wind that shakes the barley" with the Italian double of Richard Gere in the leading role :-) Great scene alteration and excellent settings. Not so good acting, but lovely Sicilian accent, which adds a touch of authenticity to the whole project.
March 28, 2012
I liked this a lot more than the critics but then again I am an old sentimentalist. Great score, Great visually and the story was fine if a little long winded at times. Its not Cinema Paradiso but a few moments of genius from Tornatore and I was sold. Very Good.
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