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And While We Were Here
Set against the picturesque backdrop of the Island of Ischia, off the Amalfi Coast, AND WHILE WE WERE HERE follows a young American writer named Jane (Kate Bosworth) who finds herself at a personal and professional crossroads when she accompanies her husband Leonard (Iddo Goldberg) on a business trip. While escaping the mundanity of her comfortable marriage by delving deeper into adapting her grandmother's WWII stories (narrated by Claire Bloom) into a memoir she stumbles into a romantic affair with a younger man (Jamie Blackley) who complicates her life even further. (c) Well Go

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 45%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"For every such moment there's a sappy montage or overt visual reference to Rossellini to cheapen the effect."
‑ Drew Hunt, Chicago Reader
"The marital crisis at the movie's heart has lost its allegorical weight. Jane and Leonard are just another unhappy couple with problems that have nothing to do with the direction of Western civilization."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"A sad routine of hurtful behavior in a movie that never expresses its complicated point of view in a satisfying manner, leaving behind unanswered questions, dim characters, and contemptible actions."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Its depiction of womanhood, particularly as it does and does not relate to the romantic male counterpart, establishes Coiro's presence as a new, potent voice in filmmaking."
‑ Michael Dunaway, Paste Magazine
"An unhappily married American woman's affair in Italy sets her on a new course in her life."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"[A] familiarly snoozy romantic drama."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
""And While We Were Here" is just good enough to pique your curiosity, but never quite good enough to captivate."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"Imagine a boring, gender-swapped, totally arty and pretentious version of the travelogue-mini-film-within-a-film focusing on Kip Pardue's character from The Rules of Attraction, except strung out on Benadryl instead of methamphetamine."
‑ Brent Simon,
"This elegant and beautifully staged Italy-set drama offers Kate Bosworth the perfect acting vehicle, playing a beautiful but emotionally troubled young woman who seeks to escape the mundanity of her marriage while on a trip to the Amalfi coast."
‑ Mark Adams, Screen International
"An intimate study of human unhappiness and the addictive liberation that comes from casting it off. Kate Bosworth displays a level of depth heretofore unseen in her work."
‑ Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat
"Though the film plays like late-era Woody Allen - not necessarily a good thing - and Goldberg's rambunctiousness is more annoying than liberating, there's a serious depth of feeling here."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"It's to Coiro's credit that no one emerges as a villain - and that, however painful, on the other side lies hope."
‑ Annlee Ellingson, Los Angeles Times
"The scenery is more captivating than the drama."
‑ Todd Jorgenson,
"Harkening back to Italian neo-realism, the romance of Naples is alive in And While We Were Here..."
‑ Gabe Toro, The Playlist
"And While We Were Here has the feel of a sumptuous, wafer-thin dessert lovingly crafted by a master chef, simultaneously exquisite and fully satisfying without ever appearing over-indulgent."
‑ Isaac Feldberg, We Got This Covered
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