The Tiger and the Snow, or la tigre e la neve in Italian, is a highly misunderstood film which truly ought to be seen in a different and more sympathetic light. Released in 2005, yet set in the eve and early course of the Iraq War in 2003, it talks about a man, Attilio (Benigni) who is hopelessly in love with a woman, Vittoria (Braschi), and goes at all costs to be with her, even heading off to Baghdad's war-torn sky to attempt to save her after a tragic accident. Filled aplenty with poetic references and surrealistic imagery, in terms of genre, I would probably classify it within the realms of magic realism-tinged dramedy. Why did so many of the top critics seem to loathe it so? Well, the film's humour and drama came into question (seen by some as neither laugh-out-funny nor tragically poignant), as well as its subject matter. There are too, IMO, some flaws with The Tiger and the Snow. Benigni's acting can come across as slightly overdone at times, the film does stick to the 'inspirational-hopelessly in love-cry out-war struck-jump around happy' formula of his previous masterpiece 'Life is Beautiful' (La vita e' bella), and the plot is hardly believable. But do these things need to overshadow what is simply a wonderful film? The Tiger and the Snow is not merely a derivative re-calculation of his precedent picture, and it does boast its own originality, especially conveyed through the angle with which the synopsis unfolds. Additionally, with Benigni uniquely tragic allegria coming across at all moments, the film winds up flowing like a fairytale. The poetic references are many, romantic and all very beautiful; the story is simple, yet it ebbs through beautifully without too many overly-slow or over-rushed scenes; the music, especially Tom Waits' brilliant 'You Can Never Hold Back Spring', is by far one of the highlights, heartfelt and elegantly romantic, and contained, IMO, what should have been a Best Song Oscar-nominated piece; and the acting is, well, very Benigni. Now, in terms of Benigni's performance, I won't try to persuade anyone - I am a lover of his style, yet it may not be everyone's cup of tea. But in terms of its standing as a film, as well as Benigni's direction, I will try to give you a different light on the matter. It may have its flaws, but La tigre e la neve turns out to be a beautiful picture.