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Based on a novella by W. Somerset Maugham, Up At the Villa finds Mary forced to take charge of her life after a one-night stand with an Austrian immigrant (Jeremy Davies) leads to tragedy. Sean Penn plays a cavalier American playboy who helps her out in the nightmarish aftermath. Both he and Thomas approach Haas's artful film noir with intentionally mannered performances that blur the line between internal and external experience. The result is a kind of midnight journey through minefields of the subconscious.
Still, the film is not without weaknesses: getting a fix on Penn's roughly sketched character, for instance, proves unsatisfying given his clichéd roguishness. And Haas seems to be plucking derivative ideas from everywhere: there's a strange stretch in the second act in which he goes out of his way to make a Hitchcockian film that really does look and sound like a Hitchcock film. While the result is eerie, you have to wonder why Haas would be so blunt about it. --Tom Keogh
The finale, too, is toned down and more believable in comparison with the literary original.
If you're a Kristen Scott Thomas fan, see the film to watch a great actress at the top of her craft, otherwise your time may be better spent on other things.
This lends the film a predictable and thoroughly plain ending (it even read quite plainly in the book, if I remember) but it works.
The movie arrived in the time promised. I am a huge fan of Sean Penn and he didn't disappoint with his outstanding work in the film.Published 7 months ago by Cathy Duvall
I like this movie and would recommend it to other people. I have many movies that I would like to sell and wish I knew how to do it.Published 14 months ago by jean davis
Let's get something straight in the beginning. My issue with this movie is not that it has nothing to do (except for mundane plot details) with Somerset Maugham's eponymous... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Alexander Arsov
If you liked the Roman Spring of Mrs Stone, you'll like this good period movie, which was filmed on location in Florence. Read morePublished on December 4, 2012 by Linskey
I liked this film but not as much as I had expected to do. I've loved every performance I've seen by Kristen Scott Thomas and Sean Penn, so I had great expectations of their being... Read morePublished on June 23, 2012 by Promise
UP AT THE VILLA received a rather lukewarm acceptance at the box office when it appeared in 2000. One of the advantages f DVD and of On Demand television viewing schedules is that... Read morePublished on September 23, 2011 by Grady Harp
"Up at the Villa," This romantic period drama is set in gorgeous, pre-World War II, Tuscany, Florence and Siena, Italy, as Benito Mussolini and his Fascists are coming to power. Read morePublished on April 6, 2011 by Stephanie De Pue
One of the worst movies I've seen. No chemistry between Penn and Thomas.
A wooden stick could have acted Sean Penn's part. Read more
THIS IS AN EXCELLENT MOVIE, KRISTAN SCOTT THOMAS IS SUCH A GREAT ACTRESS.Published on March 16, 2009 by A. Cullen