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For Roseanna (1997)

Jean Reno , Mercedes Ruehl , Paul Weiland  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jean Reno, Mercedes Ruehl, Polly Walker, Mark Frankel, Trevor Peacock
  • Directors: Paul Weiland
  • Writers: Saul Turteltaub
  • Producers: Alison Owen, Chris Thompson, Dario Poloni, Jonathan Weisgal, Mark Ordesky
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 14, 2005
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00096S49E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,415 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "For Roseanna" on IMDb

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This film centers on Marcello, a trattoria proprietor in an Italian village who will stop at nothing to make sure his beloved but ailing wife, Roseanna, realizes her dream of being buried at the local cemetary.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Left With a Warm Feeling... January 22, 2000
By Vicky
Format:VHS Tape
"For Roseanna" is one movie I wish had been more successful. This romantic comedy makes you laugh, cry, and overall, leaves you with a warm feeling when it is over. Reno (a quirky restaurant owner "madly" in love with his ailing wife) and Ruehl (ailing wife constantly trying to calm down crazy husband) were magnificent in their roles and the story so rich with emotion and character, that I feel this is a must for anyone's video library. An "off the beaten path" movie such as this is hard to find, but once you do, you must cherish it forever. "For Roseanna" is one of those movies. You will not be disappointed.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Valentine for Roseanna... Lovely DVD transfer July 10, 2005
By dooby
Format:DVD
This is a lovely movie. It was originally entitled "Roseanna's Grave". In its offbeat way, it tells of the love between a middle-aged man and his dying wife. Marcello, played by Jean Reno, has made a promise to his ailing wife, Roseanna (Mercedes Ruehl). He will make sure that when she dies, she will be buried next to their beloved child. Despite the rapidly diminishing number of plots in the town's overcrowded cemetery, he intends to keep his promise. He goes to great, even absurd lengths, to ensure that the other townsfolk do not die first and deprive his wife of that last available plot. When one of Marcello's friends dies in an accident, he hides the body in a freezer. When the family of a man declared brain-dead wants to turn off his life support, he pretends to hear the man speak. He fusses constantly over the health of all the townsfolk. It may all sound rather morbid but the film plays out very sweetly and with a gentle humour that often brims over into hilarity. His equally devoted wife meanwhile tries to pair him off with her younger sister, Cecilia, played by the lovely Polly Walker (Enchanted April). Unfortunately they can't stand each other. A little twist at the end allows the couple to live out one last dream before the final curtain call. It is an uplifting ending and one that will leave you smiling.

It's rare to come across a movie that brings you close to tears one moment and have you laughing with joy the next. And though it does not pretend to conquer death, it does push its characters to live life to the fullest. For all the laughter and light-hearted comedy, it is the film's portrayal of the love between the aging couple that makes this charming comedy special.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Got a good marriage? Wish you did? May 4, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
For Roseanna is one of those little beautiful movies that you look for for a long time to add to your DVD collection but sadly hasn't come out yet.
Life and love. That is truely what is important. Mercedes Ruehl and Jean Reno shine as two people so madly in love with each other that they would do anything to make the other happy when all they really want is each other. If you have a good marriage (as I do) or wish you did it opens the warmth and possibility that such simple things actually exist and when you find them to grab on with both hands and cherish it.
Buy this movie. Guys. You'll even like it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Natalie
Format:DVD
I was hunting for this movie for a long time. I am a big fan of Jean Reno and had seen the movie previously on VHS, but forgot the title and therefore had some problems tracking it down on DVD. All this was not in vain - the movie was as wonderful and sweet as I remembered it. It's very difficult to define its genre - it's a cocktail of comedy and drama, mixed together almost equally. The story seems to be a bit macabre from the first glance - Marcello (Jean Reno), the owner of a small restaurant in a sleepy little town somewhere in Italy, has promised his dying wife Roseanna (Mercedes Ruehl) that he will bury her in the old town cemetery upon her death, so she could be together with their only little daughter, who died a long time ago. Unfortunately, there are only very few plots left in the old cemetery and it can not be expanded, because the owner of the adjacent land is refusing to sell a parcel of it to accommodate the extension (mostly out of spite to Marcello, which makes negotiations even more difficult). And the new cemetery will be far away, on a hill above the town. But Marcello loves his wife very much and he's made her a promise - and so he races against time, trying to keep the town's inhabitants alive - by any means, from directing a busy Sunday traffic near the church (so nobody got hurt) to giving his blood to an old man dying at the hospital, in the vain hope this will prolong his life. His life is dedicated to this goal - but as life always has its twists and turns- not everything goes smoothly for Marcello, though in the end he will get what he wants - and more. Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I laughed...I cried...and laughed again April 25, 2006
Format:DVD
I thoroughly enjoyed this delightful little gem of a romantic comedy. The actors were very good, especially Jean Reno as Marcello and Mercedes Ruehl as Roseanna. They were a perfect match and believable as a happily married couple (they even argued lovingly, if you can believe that). One of the reviewers couldn't understand why everyone spoke English everywhere except in the cemetary. I am not remotely fluent in Italian, but I think the Catholic priest was speaking Latin during the burials. It seemed fitting. At times, though, I did have some trouble understanding what some of the other actors were saying due to their heavily Italian accented English.

After reading the reviews here on amazon, I bought the DVD intending to sit down with my wife on our weekly "video viewing Staurday evening together", but couldn't resist taking a peek at the beginning of "For Roseanna." I was so entertained that I watched the entire movie by myself, though it's a fun movie to watch with someone you love.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very touching and amusing film
A great cast and the humour that weaves through what could be a very sad story line makes it a film I can enjoy again and again.
Published 12 days ago by Sara Handley
5.0 out of 5 stars "For Roseanna" a great movie
This is a movie that has a special place in my heart. I was very happy that I could order it and I receive it so promptly. Thank you...
Published 1 month ago by Mary Lou Palmer
5.0 out of 5 stars A Little Gem of a movie
I've waited a long time for this to be available in ANY format!

Such delightful performances by Jean Reno and Mercedes Ruehl--and what a funny concept! Read more
Published 3 months ago by NDeeZ
5.0 out of 5 stars Sub-titled so hearing impaired can enjoy, plus it's a great movie
This was a beautiful story, I loved the premise, I loved the way it ended, and since the dialog was in French, they had English sub-titles, so I was able to know what they were... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jeri Golden
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Family movie
Nice movie, sometimes funny, sometimes very touching. Yes, it is odd that it is an Italian setting, but it's all in English... but that is better than subtitles. Read more
Published 4 months ago by G. Olson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun
This film is funny, poignant, and just plain delightful. Great acting, beautiful scenery and a fun storyline. We enjoy it each time we watch it. It's clean too.
Published 5 months ago by Rozylass
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this guy.
A charming tale of love and death. Reno continues his humorous approach to what is best in life and explores how one can stay positive.
Published 6 months ago by FlagOne
5.0 out of 5 stars For Roseanna
A captivating love story, with all the elements of a classic tragedy/comedy set in a small Italian community with a trick ending. Watch it and feel good!
Published 7 months ago by Punter
5.0 out of 5 stars Best kept secret!
One of my favorite movies-funny and charming, with great performances by Jean Reno and Mercedes Ruehl. A small, sweet gem of a movie.
Published 7 months ago by Kim M. Natoli
5.0 out of 5 stars Better then expected
This was advertised as a used dvd that was like new, and it showed up in a few days and was brand new.
Published 8 months ago by Neil Berman
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