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Two-time Oscar® nominee Colin Firth turns in a riveting performance as a widower desperately trying to hold his family together after tragedy threatens to tear them apart. Searching for a fresh start, Joe (Firth) moves with his two daughters from Chicago to the Italian town of Genoa. Seduced by the ancient city, each find themselves lost in an alluring paradise where souls stir and spirits linger.
Cast/Crew Interviews, Behind-the-Scenes Footage.
An American family moves to Italy to start over in Michael Winterbottom's A Summer in Genoa. The film has hardly begun when Marianne (Hope Davis) dies in a car crash, leaving behind her academic husband, Joe (Colin Firth, very good), and their daughters, Kelly (The O.C.'s Willa Holland) and Mary (Dark Water's Perla Haney-Jardine). Five months later, British-born Joe exchanges modern Chicago for medieval Genoa, where Harvard classmate Barbara (Catherine Keener) shows the trio around the city. While Joe teaches, the girls take piano lessons, but other things remain much the same. Mary, who feels responsible for the accident, continues to receive visitations from her mother's ghost, and Kelly sneaks out to canoodle with a Vespa-riding Lothario. As the weeks pass, the sisters grow further apart, not least because Kelly also blames her younger sister. Winterbottom contrasts Kelly's romance with a possible relationship between Joe and Barbara, except he expresses greater interest in an attractive student with a more direct approach. Not counting the opening and closing scenes, however, both of which involve automobiles, the director concentrates on the rhythms of life for three people grieving in their own way, rather than using a series of incidents to build to a cathartic conclusion, making Summer one of his more subtle, if less eventful efforts. The extra feature offers behind-the-scenes footage and a 21-minute featurette, in which the filmmaker says he took inspiration from Nicolas Roeg's chilling Don't Look Now, in which a couple moves to Venice to mourn a loss. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
Good acting by actor Firth, but sad for the girls to loose their MomPublished 1 month ago by Sonia Logie
Very depressing. Confusing. Filming very dark, which made it all the sadder. Need to find a happy movie to get me out the funk this movie put me in. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sharon P.
We borrowed this from the local library hoping it would be a feel good movie set in Italy. It wasn't. It was heavy and dark with no clear direction to the story. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Paul S
The movie was made well, I just didn't really get into the story.Published 1 month ago by sweetambiguity
I don't know what I expected from this movie, other than that Colin Firth was in it. It was an ok movie about a father that's left with two daughters after his wife is killed in a... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Annie
I wasn't really impressed; I like a cerebral scary movie just as much as the next but this movie is somewhat mislabeled as horror. It's not even really a mystery. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Lori Moore