It's Easier for a Camel...

2004

It's Easier for a Camel... (2004)

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As a little girl, Federica fantasized about having beautiful long hair that would grow back as soon as she cut it, about never-ending cones of cotton candy and about countless adventures that took her to the far side of the world. Now a charming thirty-something-single woman, Federica's fantasies have evolved, adding lovers, stardom, and motherhood to her waking dreams, where Federica continues to press for her everyday life to be as real as the fantasies that invade her. Unfortunately, Federica's daydreams can only provide a meager distraction from the reality she faces. Her career as a successful playwright is heading south, her boyfriend is pressuring her to start a family, a former lover wishes to rekindle an old affair, her sister is barely talking to her, her brother is self-centered and her loving father is terminally ill. And as if to make matters worse, Federica is rich, too rich, and the guilt that consumes her because of it is pushing her over the edge. As Federica struggles to find meaning in her life, she wrestles with her feelings about death and responsibility. She alleviates the added weight of the haunting guilt that her wealth derives through her vivid imagination, where her reality grows wonderful and, if only fleetingly, gives her the sense that all is perfect in her world.

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Critic Reviews for It's Easier for a Camel...

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (7)

Her story construction -- blurring fact and fantasy and mixing scenes from different time periods -- is confusing and wearying.

Mar 18, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4

This is a rich comedy that leaves you suspended, with all its hubbub, between wanting to laugh and wanting to cry.

Aug 26, 2004 | Full Review…
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Overlong and heavy-handed, semi-autobiographical dramedy.

Aug 20, 2004 | Rating: 2/4

Because it is a convoluted meditation on the guilt that often accompanies personal wealth, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi's wistful, self-effacing comedy is a movie that will push your buttons.

Aug 19, 2004 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Gives Euro-style ambient guilt over money a sensitive and bittersweet (if slightly overlong) treatment that's worth a detour.

Aug 18, 2004
Variety
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Long-winded, jokingly self-deprecating, and clichéd.

Aug 17, 2004 | Full Review…
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