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Vivere (2007)

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Francesca and her younger sister, Antonietta, are as different as day and night. By day, Francesca holds the household together and at night she earns a living operating a taxi. Antonietta, however, is a rebellious teenager and desperately wants to get away from the gray confinement of their Cologne suburb. Together with her musician boyfriend, she runs away to Rotterdam, followed by a concerned Francesca who goes in search of her.

Cast

Hannelore Elsner
as Gerlinde von Habermann
Esther Zimmering
as Francesca Conchiglia
Kim Schnitzer
as Antonietta Conchiglia
Aykut Kayacik
as Enrico Conchiglia
Nina Vorbrodt
as Frau Polder
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All Critics (16) | Top Critics (6)

You can't quarrel with the lensing and acting, but the overabundance of coincidences keeps Vivere from reaching its full potential.

February 29, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
New York Post
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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.

February 29, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
Los Angeles Times
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Three women converge on the road to self-awareness in Vivere, a moody drama from the German director Angelina Maccarone.

February 29, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/5
New York Times
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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.

February 28, 2008
L.A. Weekly
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German helmer Angelina Maccarone's latest film, Vivere, piles heavy emotional baggage on a slender story frame.

November 3, 2007 | Full Review…
Variety
Top Critic

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.

March 22, 2008
New York Theatre Wire

Audience Reviews for Vivere

½

[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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