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Two men meet and fall in love under the least joyous of circumstances in this low-key drama from writer and director Yen Tan. Jeff (Adam Neal Smith) has been close friends with Mark most of his life, so when Mark unexpectedly dies, Jeff volunteers to clear out Mark's apartment and tie up the loose ends of his personal business. While examining Mark's correspondence, Jeff learns that he had been exchanging flirtatious e-mails for some time with Andrea (Alessandro Calza), an Internet designer from Italy who made plans to come to America and meet Mark in person -- and he's due to… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 25%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"In Yen Tan's glacially paced movie (every shot is relentlessly symmetrical), the actors are squares in graph-paper compositions."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Ciao moves at a snail's pace. It feels long even at its abbreviated length."
‑ Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
"In theory, there's no reason a movie shouldn't endeavor to be somber and tentatively hopeful at the same time. In practice, unfortunately, Ciao is depressing and ploddingly elegiac."
‑ John P. McCarthy, Boxoffice Magazine
"Yen Tan's Ciao is a revelation, a minimalist work of maximum effect. It is determinedly understated and consistently expressive, beautifully composed yet never studied."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"The story is so minimal that it almost doesn't exist."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"The plotline of 'Ciao' is trite -- and the filmmaking itself drags."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"It's made on the smallest of budgets and features awkward if sincere performances, yet Yen Tan's film still manages to strike a series of plangent emotional truths about speaking one's heart and moving on."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Deeply sincere and exceedingly slow even at 87 minutes, Ciao involves two strangers who become acquaintances after the death of a mutual friend."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"The ever-static camera undercuts the poignantly understated performances with the egotism of a futon ad photographer who fancies Ozu."
‑ Joseph Jon Lanthier, Slant Magazine
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