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The Girl By the Lake (2010)

Toni Servillo , Valeria Golino , Andrea Molaioli  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Toni Servillo, Valeria Golino, Fabrizio Gifuni, Omero Antonutti
  • Directors: Andrea Molaioli
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: July 13, 2010
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003IISTD6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,406 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Girl By the Lake" on IMDb

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It swept Italy s Academy Awards, won the Venice Film Festival s top acting prize for star Toni Servillo (IL DIVO, GOMORRA) and remains one of the most acclaimed mystery thrillers in years: When a beautiful young girl is found murdered in an idyllic Northern Italy village, Inspector Giovanni Sanzio (Servillo) is called in from the capital to investigate. But in a small town where nobody is what they seem, anyone could be capable of homicide and everyone may be hiding a dark secret...including Inspector Sanzio. Valeria Golino (FRIDA), Fabrizio Gifuni (THE BEST OF YOUTH) and Omero Antonutti (PADRE PADRONE) co-star in this startling drama the breakthrough debut from co-writer/director Andrea Molaioli based on the bestselling Inspector Sejer novel Don t Look Back by Karin Fossum.

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An extremely low key and earnest police procedural, "The Girl by the Lake" eschews most of the stylized dramatics of conventional crime drama. This surprisingly simple and straightforward film charts a pretty realistic and methodical murder investigation. This Italian mystery unfolds at a leisurely pace, so if you're looking for action mayhem--this is not the picture for you! Infused with a melancholy and sadness, "The Girl by the Lake" is most successful at revealing a small town dynamic and the secrets inherent within such an intimate environment. Shot in an absolutely gorgeous and idyllic village, the town's beauty stands in stark contrast to the unpleasantness that must be exposed.

The film begins with a brilliant bit of trickery that instantly pulls you into the action. Once the initial red herring is revealed, however, the primary story line becomes clear. A local girl is found nude and carefully positioned at the lake (I suppose you might have gathered that, however, from the title!). Sensing that the culprit was someone she knew, the police (headed by a great character actor Toni Servillo) start to track her last day of life. In this small village, it seems everyone has a connection to the girl--but no real motive. At times, the crime itself takes a back seat as the investigators start to uncover secrets about the past, about town inhabitants, and about the girl herself. And as we circle around the eventual solution, there might be more than one crime to shed light on.

"The Girl by the Lake" doesn't succeed with big shocks and stunning surprises. It is as calm as the lake in question. Servillo personally connects to the case as he sees some parallels to his own home life. And so with dogged determination, he steadfastly pursues answers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars an adaptation of Karin Fossum's book: Don't look Back! January 2, 2011
I finally got to see this aired on cable last summer! Very well done! This is an adaptation of Karin Fossum's book: Don't look Back! I am a big fan of her Inspector Konrad Sejer series so I was anxious to see this. I noticed the directors homage to the Norwegian author- Several of the cast wore Norwegian Sweaters!:)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quiet but effective story January 27, 2013
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"The Girl by the Lake" is a PG-13 movie with a quietly compelling story. A top-notch Homicide investigator, Inspector Sanzio, has moved to Alpine Northeastern Italy from somewhere southward to be near the facility where his wife is being treated for an illness. The area seems reserved, orderly, and quiet until a local beauty is found unclothed and murdered by a picturesque lake. Inspector Sanzio investigates persistently, discovering many secrets while twists and turns are threaded together with restrained, plausible drama. The motive for the murder is not any of the lurid possibilities that the victim's beauty would seem to imply but rather the drama of relationships and family.
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