Genova
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In the wake of a family tragedy, an English ex-patriot living in the United States decides to relocate himself and his daughters to Italy, only to discover that grief has followed them overseas when the youngest girl proves unable to move past her acute emotional pain. An Englishman at heart, Joe (Colin Firth) now lives a happy life with his wife and daughters in the United States. Their happy existence is turned upside down in an instant, however, when his wife is driving their daughters home one day and becomes momentarily distracted from the road. Later, as Joe and his daughters attempt to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

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"A delightful sojourn for one indie filmmaker and his cast and crew in a fascinating old Italian town."
‑ Ruth Hessey, MovieTime, ABC Radio National
"You know a movie like this is working when it holds you tight and nervous in every moment, even when very little is happening."
‑ Matt Pais, Metromix.com
"A beautifully observed, moving, yet unfocused story about a professor (Colin Firth) and his two daughters, dealing with the intensities of feeling after a death in the family."
‑ Simon Weaving, Screenwize
"Though he labours the symbolism of the maze, Winterbottom infuses this otherwise subtle observational drama with the verisimilitude that has become his chief style signature."
‑ Jim Schembri, The Age (Australia)
"I didn't know Michael Winterbottom could make a dull movie until now. Genova, otherwise known perhaps as The Narrow Lanes of Genova, is a strange film which seems to have lost its bearings and its direction somewhere between concept and production"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"Genova conveys its strongest themes through insinuation, and modulates its shifting moods through Winterbottom's precisely calibrated DV processing."
‑ Rob Nelson, Variety
"Whether you go with this idea might depend on how many times you've seen it before, in sentimental American films. The fact that the film is more artful doesn't make the ghost of the mother less of a cliche."
‑ Paul Byrnes, Sydney Morning Herald
"An elegant, traumatic but ultimately rewarding tale that will leave you glad to have made the trip."
‑ Giles Hardie, Unknown2
"A brooding drama about grief, which is greatly aided by the performances and its scenic locations."
‑ Liz Graham, FILMINK (Australia)
"Life affirming and warm, Genova captures a great sense of place as we explore the intricate maze of cobbled streets, the historic buildings with peeling facades and well-worn green shutters, sunny beaches and dense forests"
‑ Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile
"It can be to mix a strange city with devastating loss. It's at once a deeply sad film and a deeply truthful and optimistic one."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"Genova fails to provide the view with much that is satisfying and instead accomplishes only a superficial examination of grief and the way people respond."
‑ Des Partridge, Courier Mail (Australia)
"It's an extremely well-made film, but just a bit too subdued for my taste."
‑ Margaret Pomeranz, At the Movies (Australia)
"Mainstream audiences may rue the lack of a dramatic arc or conventional plot, but this beautifully photographed and emotive tale proves to be achingly authentic and heartfelt without resorting to perfunctory flashbacks and soppy musical montages."
‑ Gavin Bond, Sunday Times (Australia)
"Winterbottom employs a naturalistic style that, in its self-conscious flatness, becomes an affectation, and the complete, wanton lack of any kind of drama is frustrating."
‑ Peter Whittle, Times [UK]
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