Vivere

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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.

    Feb 29, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

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

    Feb 29, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/5
  • 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.

    Feb 28, 2008
  • German helmer Angelina Maccarone's latest film, Vivere, piles heavy emotional baggage on a slender story frame.

    Nov 3, 2007 | Full Review…

    Ronnie Scheib

    Variety
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  • 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.

    Mar 22, 2008

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