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Critic Reviews for Vivere
You can't quarrel with the lensing and acting, but the overabundance of coincidences keeps Vivere from reaching its full potential.
The wave-like Rashomon structure of the story, combined with the steady pace and moody look of "Vivere" are lulling, but in the end the situation is neither believable nor fantastic enough to be very compelling.
Three women converge on the road to self-awareness in Vivere, a moody drama from the German director Angelina Maccarone.
I like writer-director Angelina Maccarone's ambition, but her technical ingenuity exceeds her grasp of potentially complex emotions, which get stuck in a groove of mawkish self-pity.
German helmer Angelina Maccarone's latest film, Vivere, piles heavy emotional baggage on a slender story frame.
With truly fine performances, resulting in several riveting scenes, one can easily overlook the dingy cinematography and bothersome sound track to befriend this beguiling look at loneliness.
Audience Reviews for Vivere
[font=Century Gothic]In "Vivere," Francesca(Esther Zimmering) is by default the mature one in her family, caring both for her father(Aykut Kayacik) and younger sister, Antoinetta(Kim Schnitzer). So, when Antoinetta runs off to Rotterdam just before Christmas, it is up to her older sister to bring her back in her cab so the family can celebrate the holiday together. Along the way, she comes across Gerlinde(Hannelore Elsner), who has just been in a car accident. Dutifully, she drops her off at a nearby hospital but she turns up in the cab again. Not being able to get rid of her so easily, they travel together to Rotterdam.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]"Vivere" is a solid movie about loneliness, responsibility and family which all come into play around the holidays, giving everyone a collective headache. What originally starts off resembling "Free Zone" with a plot, eventually gets to a point where it rewinds to tell the story from each woman's viewpoint, revealing back story and a secret or two. And of the three, Francesca's is the most compelling. Even while obeying her father's wishes in going to Rotterdam, she experiences true freedom for the first time.[/font]
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