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Mediterraneo Reviews

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½ January 18, 2011
An appealing movie with lots of little surprises :)
½ July 14, 2010
When italians make war movies you can never guess what's it gonna be like. This movie is simply magnificent. Italiani regola!
Bad thing: people don't look for movies like this nowadays.
½ July 5, 2010
WWII: Hitler v The World, Nazi's try to take over the world eventually other nations decide to fight back as well to try and destory Hitler's evil racist ideas.
Everyone's seen Saving Private Ryan. One of the greatest WWII films of all time, and yet a big part of this war is left out. The Italians. They were one of the reasons that the UN failed and they also caused one of the two crisis before the beginning of the war.
And yet a hadn't seen a WWII film with the Italians in, until Mediterraneo and even though it's mainly based on love and very light humour throughout it still held strong views about what happened to the Italians as the war progressed.

As always Italian films try to get the lighter side of anything that is harsh or wrong, and Mediterraneo is no different. With the beautiful Greek landscapes mixed in with superb photography and camera work it certainly shows a certain lighter side to the war and destruction happening around the world.
The humour throughout is extremely Itailian and easy for everyone to understand, and long running jokes also kept me involed in the film for the entire running time.

But since this is a film about war there had to be some despair, and as the film comes to the end the characters state there views on what they will do as the English come to rescue them. And eventually the survivors realise that it was best to stay on the island and not gone back to italy for there was nothing good or decent to do back there. It was no different to Mussolini's reign of facist terror.
½ April 22, 2010
Um dos mais belos filmes que vi...belo na fotografia , nas paisagens , na hist├│ria singela e cheia de momentos engra├žados e ao mesmo tempo emocionantes.
Super Reviewer
January 14, 2010
want to see this because it won best foreign-language film at the oscars and was nominated for best foreign film by NBR
November 28, 2009
Incredible movie. I saw this film before 'Il Postino' but if you liked that movie, you'll probably love 'Mediterraneo.' It's a movie you can watch over and over again.
November 23, 2009
I wish this was out on DVD. Saw it years ago on VHS and loved it.
November 3, 2009
The film is slow and nothing touched me. It doesn't take advantage either of the good actors or the beautiful scenery of the Greek beaches.
October 25, 2009
A beautiful movie and a good lighthearted comedy that also touches on some big themes, this is a movie that everyone should enjoy watching, even if it is a little bit silly at times.
October 15, 2009
If you do not like this movie, then something is wrong with you!

½ October 14, 2009
Proof that Miramax knew how to play it (as 4th win in streak), MED is pleasant, saucy fun, but a scandalous pick over RAISE THE RED LANTERN.
September 25, 2009
Recommended by Arianeta.
Super Reviewer
August 18, 2009
The outline of this film appears in other postings, so I will just add my two drachma by way of critical appraisal. In case you are in any doubt, Mediterraneo ranks in my best three ever - a magnificent film. If you never see it, part of your life will have been unlived.

Mediterraneo epitomises the difference between Hollywood and the demands of a largely US audience and the subtler approach of the European director/writer who seeks simply to express him/herself through the medium. I read two reviews in the Washington Post both of which managed to misunderstand the film completely, one going so far as to characterise the cast as "Marx Brothers". In fact, they are probably the finest ensemble of characters I have ever seen in film - a completely disparate group of individuals who nearly all manage to find spiritual (and sexual) fulfulment in the sensuality of Aegean island life.

The film is multi-layered and, the more obvious ones, such as the powerful anti-war message and the venality of post-Fascist Italy are often mentioned. But no-one has ever picked up on the phrase "una face, una race" which is repeated throughout the film. This is the nostrum that Italians and Greeks have a common Mediterranean heritage (come on Washington Post hacks - didn't the title give you a clue?) and that there is an enormous irony in the Italians - who rightly pride themselves on the antiquity of their civilisation - seeking to subdue another culture whose origins are 2000 years older.

This is underlined by the easy participation of the soldiers in both high and low Greek culture, .....the painting of the frescoes in the church (n.b. the Orthodox Church predating the Holy Roman Empire by centuries - clever eh!) and the wonderful unifying theme of football, which only a European or South American viewer could truly appreciate.

The group's ambivalent attitude to sexual mores adds to the sense of the place as essentially a home for Greco-Roman sensuality - a fact which is gloriously exposed with the later juxtaposition of our band of heroes with the starched British Royal Navy officers who arrive to remove them from the island.

I have not seen any mention in other reviews of the beautiful cadence of the Italian dialogue - as lilting as the bazouki music which accompanies much of the film.

The sense of disillusionment that takes over the film at the end is very powerful and it is no accident that Salvatore shows us the Lieutenant returning to the island on a ferry full of burnt-pink tourists.

This is a film that can only truly be appreciated if you have a feeling for, and understanding, of European culture. This is a film for grown-ups.

Mediterraneo demonstrates that though box-office grosses for European films are small (unless it is something produced explicity for a US audience, like the truly dreadful Four Weddings) our directors have managed to stay true to their craft.
June 6, 2009
Entertaining but recommended only if you're bored. Some funny moments and beautiful scenery.
½ May 31, 2009
Beautiful and funny movie about soldiers finding a pleasurable escape from war.
Super Reviewer
May 14, 2009
No thanks - Not interested
April 18, 2009
Intimate, Simple and Expressive.
Like this Dialogue:
"One guy's color dries, another guy's wound dries."
Super Reviewer
April 4, 2009
Not much to see as the story progresses,for a Greek individual,it's closer to reality and customs.The platoon's members are celebrating,a sensual echo is lying around the Aegean and of course,music which transforms their boring patrol into a new adventure...OK,it sounds sappy,but not in a horrible way.
March 4, 2009
Classic modern Italian cinema. Full of depth that is only illuminated once you learn more about the idiosyncrasies of Italian culture. It's a lovely story filmed on one of the most beautiful places on earth. Impossible not to enjoy.
February 21, 2009
Just magnificent!!!A must watch..
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