A Summer in Genoa
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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
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This is one of those wonderful movies with a good, sweet, touching story, yet shows so many delightful things about living in Italy, both good and bad. You see gorgeous landscapes and churches, while at the same time I love how Colin Firth's daughter at one point holds her nose and complains about how an area they pass smells like urine. I like that because I remember being in Paris and while being dazzled by the city on one hand I remember smelling urine as I walked down a side street. This movie really shows the charm and the more real side of European life while telling a very pithy story about life.
It also shows how all of them wrestle with their own issues, from the youngest ones perspective, still imagining her mom, to his teenage daughter who wants boys and partying, to Colin Firth as an adult. Very cute scenes with Firth and his daughters at times. He is such a delightful actor.
I couldn't give the movie 5 stars because it is not on a par with the best of the best, but please don't let that deter you. It is delightful and one I will watch again. Very nice.
and how much they really need and love one another.
I enjoyed this very moving movie, and do not wish to spoil it for any one else, just keep some tissues handy
and that is all I will mention.
Quick Cast listing: the main Family: English Prof Joe(Colin Firth); Joes' wife Marianne(Hope Davis); their daughters-Mary(Perla Haney-Jardine); Kelly(Willa Holland);
Joes' Harvard friend/old flame-Barbara(Catherine Keener); Joes' Italian student who is interested in him-Rosa(Margherita Romeo);
Lorenzo(Alessandro Giuggioli); Fabio(Dante Ciari); Mauro(Gherardo Crucitti); Monica(Monica Bennati); Angelica(Angelica Moretti); Carlo(Carlo Moretti);
Susanna(Sara Stewart); Danny(Gary Wilmes); Danny's Wife(Gabriella Santinelli); Stephen(Kerry Shale); Eva(Sune Frontani); Demetri(Demetri Goritsas);
Elderly Aunt(Ellen Sheean); Mike(Trevor White); Scott(Kyle Griffin); Dee(Olivia Cumming); Elderly Landlord(Riccardo Cauda); Headmistress(Laura Iadeluca);
University Student 1 (Livio Basoli); University Student 2(Barbara Sforzini); Reading Sonnet (voice)(Kieran O'Brien); Alessandro(Stefano Barabino); Policeman(Giulio Enante); Lorenzo's Friend(Andrea Acquarone); Fabio's Friend(Federico Cigarini); Fabio's Friend(Lucio Dellagiacoma);
Kelly & Mary'cousins(Abree Peterson); Kelly & Mary'cousins(Kyle Peterson); Kelly & Mary'cousins(Lauren Peterson); Kelly & Mary'cousins(Matteo Repetto);
P.S.****To my RL friends if you do not have this, let me know and wait, you may find it in your Christmas stocking:)