A Summer In Genoa Reviews

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May 19, 2010
You know a movie like this is working when it holds you tight and nervous in every moment, even when very little is happening.
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
A beautifully observed, moving, yet unfocused story about a professor (Colin Firth) and his two daughters, dealing with the intensities of feeling after a death in the family.
November 4, 2009
An elegant, traumatic but ultimately rewarding tale that will leave you glad to have made the trip.
November 4, 2009
It's an extremely well-made film, but just a bit too subdued for my taste.
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 3, 2009
A brooding drama about grief, which is greatly aided by the performances and its scenic locations.
November 1, 2009
A delightful sojourn for one indie filmmaker and his cast and crew in a fascinating old Italian town.
November 1, 2009
Mainstream audiences may rue the lack of a dramatic arc or conventional plot, but this beautifully photographed and emotive tale proves to be achingly authentic and heartfelt without resorting to perfunctory flashbacks and soppy musical montages.
October 31, 2009
Life affirming and warm, Genova captures a great sense of place as we explore the intricate maze of cobbled streets, the historic buildings with peeling facades and well-worn green shutters, sunny beaches and dense forests
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
A tender and touching film.
March 28, 2009
Spree killer thrillers, experimental rockumentaries, adaptations of unadaptable books and now supernatural dramas - is there anything Michael Winterbottom cannot do?
March 28, 2009
With a stronger third act and less spiritual flounce this could have been something really special, but as it stands its merely a solid entry in the versatile writer/director's CV that will no doubt be eclipsed by whatever he chooses to do next.
March 28, 2009
Part psychodrama, part Italian travelogue, Michael Winterbottom's latest is the progeny of an A-list film-maker and B-movie material.
March 28, 2009
There's a powerful emotional undertone to this film that overcomes its slightly thin structure and give us plenty to chew on, especially if we've experienced some sort of personal tragedy.
March 27, 2009
A film that's ambiguous, involving and very intelligent indeed.
March 27, 2009
After his playful turn in Mamma Mia!, Firth cuts an altogether more sombre figure in this thoughtful study of bereavement. With no shock twist or homicidal dwarf up its sleeve, though, Winterbottom's film seems a little self-defeating.
March 27, 2009
As solid as you'd look for from Winterbottom and this cast, but the touches of supernatural thriller in an otherwise rather conventional coming-to-terms-with-bereavement drama aren't entirely convincing.
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.
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