For Roseanna (1997)



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A man trying to honor the last wish of his beloved wife has to keep an entire city alive in this bittersweet romantic comedy. Marcello (Jean Reno) is the owner of a restaurant in a small village in Italy. His wife Roseanna (Mercedes Ruehl) has received some awful news: she has learned that her weak heart has gotten worse, and she has only a few weeks to live. Roseanna has given Marcello a final request: she wants to be buried next to her daughter, who died some years before. Marcello wants nothing more than to comply with her wishes, but there's a problem; the town's cemetery is quite small, and right now funeral plots are on a first-come, first-served basis. The spot next to Roseanna's daughter does happen to be open, but she'll only get it if no one else dies first. So Marcello suddenly becomes the village's watchdog of health and safety, trying to make sure no one needlessly dies, and even shuffles around a few bodies of people who do happen to pass on. Meanwhile, Roseanna is worried about both Marcello and her sister Cecilia (Polly Walker) and would like them to marry after her death so they won't have to be alone. However, Marcello and Cecilia don't always get along very well, and besides, Cecilia is in love with Antonio (Mark Frankel), whose father has prevented the town's cemetery from expanding. For Roseanna was filmed under the title Roseanna's Grave and was briefly publicized as For the Love of Roseanna. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
PG-13 (adult situations/language)
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Jean Reno
as Marcello
Mercedes Ruehl
as Roseanna
Polly Walker
as Cecilia
Mark Frankel
as Antonio
Trevor Peacock
as Iaccoponi
Fay Ripley
as Francesca
George Rossi
as Sgt. Baggio
Giuseppe Cederna
as Father Bramilla
Luigi Diberti
as Capestro
Renato Scarpa
as Dr. Benvenuto
Romano Ghini
as Umberto
Jorge Krimer
as Salvatore
Lidia Biondi
as Signora Aprea
Anna Mazzotti
as Claudia
Luis C. Garcia
as Pasquale
Mario Donatone
as Old Guard
Alfredo Varelli
as Shoe Shop Owner
Franco Odoardi
as Patient
Julia Hine
as Secretary
Francesco Gabriele
as Magistrate
Zita Perczel
as Old Woman in Court
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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
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Full Review… | January 25, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
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December 31, 1999
New York Times
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
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Audience Reviews for For Roseanna

Wonderful heart warming movie about a man who wants to honour his wife's dying wish.

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