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The Tiger and the Snow

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Soon after the start of hostilities in Iraq, Rome-based, lovestruck poet and lecturer Attilio heads to Baghdad when he learns from his friend, an Iraqi poet, that the woman he loves has been critcally injured in a bomb explosion. Attilio does everything in his power to save her, risking his own life amidst the chaos of war. A winning blend of comedy and tragedy, The Tiger and The Snow is also a highly charged polemic against the futility of war.

There's not a lot in The Tiger and the Snow that we have not seen before from lead actor Roberto Benigni. Once more Benigni is paired with his real-life wife, Nicoletta Braschi. Once more, Benigni is paired with the venerable Tom Waits (previously united in Down by Law). Once more, Benigni plays a slightly buffo character who overcomes incredulous obstacles to become the semi-lovable/inspiring/wacky hero of a desperate situation. Switch out a concentration camp for Baghdad and you have a plot that harkens back to La Vita e' Bella (Life Is Beautiful)--the film that thrust Benigni into the international spotlight, and a chair-vaulting Oscar appearance in 1999. This time he plays Roman poet Attilio, who sneaks into war-torn Baghdad in the hopes of resuscitating his theretofore-unrequited love interest, Vittoria (Braschi), who has been injured in a bombing. While Benigni's over-the-top slapstick persona is more palatable in the Italian comedy classics Johnny Stecchino and Il Mostro, there are some genuinely touching moments between him and Braschi in the film, including the surreal opening scene where Waits makes his appearance. Jean Reno (The Da Vinci Code) puts in a solid performance as Fuad, an Iraqi-born poet, while Abdelhafid Metalsi delivers a stiff-as-a-board performance as Dottore Salman. Pessimists may find this film hard to bear, but optimists will conclude that life is, indeed, beautiful. --Renata Sadunas

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  • Actors: Roberto Benigni, Jean Reno, Nicoletta Braschi, Tom Waits, Emilia Fox
  • Directors: Roberto Benigni
  • Writers: Roberto Benigni, Vincenzo Cerami
  • Producers: Nicoletta Braschi, Elda Ferri, Gianluigi Braschi, Ridha Turki
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Arabic, English, Italian
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Virgil Films
  • DVD Release Date: May 8, 2007
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NY1EAS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,888 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Tiger and the Snow" on IMDb

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Watching this movie will inevitably remind you of Benigni's previous movie "Life is beautiful". Most probably it will not give you the same thrill since "Life is beautiful" is a masterpiece and it is such an inspired movie. I am sure that even Benigni does not expect to produce such a movie again.

Still there are some common elements in these two movies. Benigni plays once more a funny character which is surrounded by extremely difficult circumstances. Yet he is focused on his goal (in this movie to rescue the woman he loves). And this time we get to see a much happier ending. This movie also unfolds during a war which is taking place right now. This time the villains are not so easy to point out (like the "Nazi's in Life is beautiful") but the movie still describes how war brings misery to everyone involved, either these are the American troops, the residents of Baghdad or even members of humanitarian organizations and regardless from which side the fire comes. If anyone expects any political comments in the movie I think he will be disappointed. Benigni remains neutral and does not take sides on who is right and who is wrong in this war. This might disappoint some who would expect a political comment in this movie yet it will make it more attractive to broader audiences.

I cannot also overlook Jean Reno's role in the movie. He plays an Arab poet. One of the best scenes of the movie is when he is looking at the starry sky of Baghdad with Attilio and he quotes some memorable poetry. I believe this is another role which Reno delivers in a superb way.

Nicola Piovani's music also contributes to the atmosphere of the movie. He has worked with Benigni in many films and there is the right chemistry between his music and the scenes for which it is employed.
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Roberto Benigni is without a doubt a mastermind of comedy. But not just comedy for comedy's sake, but a type of comedy that is paired with deep pathos. In this movie, he shows again his great art as director and actor. His favorite theme seems to be the great importance that love plays in our own life, and that in spite of all those horrific episodes of human history, individuals always fight to the last to keep the only thing that they can control: love; love to the ones who truly matter to us and who make life worth living. I highly recommend this movie. I am not sure why it has not made an impact in the US. My only guess is that people would expect to see something similar to 'life is beautiful', and even though the movie uses similar resources to balance the comic and dramatic, it is still quite different and of a category of its own. Here we are thrown into the drama a lot sooner than in 'Life', but still we are given many samples of the comic within great adversity. The type of jokes will remind you of 'Life is Beautiful', like the use of hilarious great coincidences. But still, this movie shows a maturity and intimacy that is deeply touching, and maybe even more intense. 'Life is Beautiful' deals with a man's great desire for the survival of his wife and son (those that he loves and all he has in the world) in the middle of one of the most tragic human historical tragedies. In 'The Tiger and The snow", Benigni uses the war of Irak as the historical episode, but he focuses his attention a lot more in the personal story. Here the war in Irak seems to be used as a mere example of one of those large events out of our control, another of those unnecessary tragedies that we humans keep committing over and over again throughout our history.Read more ›
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Roberto Benigni has again captured the depth and dynamism of human emotion and the beauty, grit, and passion of a world where people constantly struggle between power and love. As a director and actor he has captured, and accurately, portrayed the tension often felt in life between love and pain, excitement and disappointment, hurt and forgiveness. He plays the part of a poet who chooses his profession because he wants to be able to convey exactly what he felt in any given moment to those around him. Yet, this is exactly what he is incapable of doing when he wants to express love - even to his wife. This movie captures a glimpse of the depths of human emotion and the difficulty, even for the poet, to convey what is most desired - love. It manages to be philosophically, artistically, and theatrically astute and rewarding. Benigni has now made two masterpieces highlighting theological virtues - "Life is Beautiful": hope and "The Tiger and the Snow": love. Now we just have to see if he makes another highlighting faith. As always, Nicoletta Braschi is spectacular. She has a gracefulness and charisma that simply endears her to all who watch. This movie is certainly worth having in your collection and is one worth watching many times over.
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The strengths of this film are its unusual plot and excellent art direction. It is incredibly strong on fantasy, whimsy, and romance, but the screenplay is also quite intelligent and has some funny commentary on psychoanalysis, poetry, and literary criticism. I haven't seen "Life is Beautiful" but apparently Mr. Benigni's special talent is taking a wartime setting such as the Holocaust or the U.S. Invasion of Iraq and using these contexts to underscore the potential of human beings to transcend even the most grim and brutal circumstances. While there is something vaguely troubling to me about Mr. Benigni's premise, I give him enormous credit for taking cinema to new places. I was also put off by the frenetic, obsessive way in which Mr. Benigni's character stalks the female lead, as having been a stalking victim myself, I feel that popular culture far too often romanticizes the type of disruptive, mentally unbalanced pursuit of a love object which should actually be criminalized. Despite all this, I found the film very engaging and poignant overall, with a few good laughs for good measure.
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