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Giuseppe Tornatore directed this grand-scale portrait of life and love over several decades in a small town in Sicily. The Torrenuovas are a family of peasant shepherds who have lived and worked in Bagheria though many generations. In the years before the rise of Mussolini, the family often found themselves working for Don Giacinto (Lollo Franco), a local tycoon who often used his power and position to take advantage of others. Young Peppino Torrenuova senses a profound injustice in the way Don Giacinto treats his elders, and as the years pass the young man becomes a passionate advocate for… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 55%

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"The picture does have its plodding moments - but there's enough left over for the rest of us to have a reasonably good time."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"Baaria is like a pleasant package holiday: alfresco dinners, strolls through lemon orchards."
‑ Ellen E Jones, Total Film
"It's a colossal Stella Artois ad."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"From the magical realist opening to the operatic finale, everything in this ravishingly photographed scrapbook of sun-kissed memories and picture-postcard nostalgia is sweeping, involving, romantic and disarmingly sentimental."
‑ Alan Jones, Radio Times
"It's a shame Tornatore's movie, impressive statement though it is, never musters the emotional potency that would make it really special."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"If you have ever smiled at a Bertoli commercial it could be just the film for you."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"Although at times it feels a little too packed, taking a closer look into fascist times, war and the notorious Italian mafia through the eyes of every day people is refreshing."
‑ Ian Freer, Empire Magazine
"Giuseppe Tornatore's sprawling, epic family drama is well acted and beautifully shot, but it's also much too long and lacks narrative focus."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"I'm all for bloated, confusing, directorial vanity projects like Synecdoche New York and 8 1/2. But Synecdoche New York and 8 1/2 this ain't."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"All sweep, no substance."
‑ Alistair Harkness, Scotsman
"There are massive crowd scenes, bombing raids, mafia dramas and nostalgia by the skipload. A film about one or two of these things might have been decent. This film touches on all of them, and ends up being about nothing."
‑ Robbie Collin, News of the World
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