Giorni e Nuvole (Days and Clouds)
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Giorni e Nuvole (Days and Clouds)
In Bread and Tulips, director Silvio Soldini detailed the journey of a discontented housewife who threw caution to the wind to find true happiness in Venice; in Days and Clouds, the same filmmaker explores the opposite side of the coin by telling the tale of a middle-class homemaker from Genoa who suddenly finds her life turned upside down. Elsa (Margherita Buy) is the picture of middle-class contentment: she's happily married, well adjusted, and spends most of her spare time developing her skills as an amateur historian specializing in restoration. Recently, Elsa even decided to return to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

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"Days and Clouds, despite its darkness, warmly reminds us that if we have each other, sometimes that's all we need."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"An intelligent adult drama that's especially relevant in these harsh economic times."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"It's not a film for those who go to movies to escape life."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"This kind of story is happening much more frequently with the economic recession that is affecting much of the world now."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Elsa and Michele's story is such a deft study of what can make a relationship go to pieces that it's a satisfying watch in spite of all the bitterness."
‑ Tricia Olszewski, Washington City Paper
"Days and Clouds serves as a primer in coping with depression, financial and/or personal. But it is stirring, serious and, ultimately, mercifully optimistic cinema."
‑ John Anderson, Washington Post
"It plays out more like a 12-step program than a human drama."
‑ Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly
"Well intentioned yet utterly dull..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"... or all the emotional integrity and observational exactness, it's more social study than character drama."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"a thought-provoking and powerful story that will appeal to mature audiences and those who appreciate fine filmmaking...that is worth laying out 12 bucks to see it at the theater."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"The movie's success in Italy is partly a matter of frustration: Women need their men to grow up."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"This is a portrait of nerve-racking economic times, and it cuts close to the bone in detailing how a marriage suffers when its financial underpinnings are suddenly knocked away."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"draws viewers in close and never relinquishes its grip"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Evidently we aren't the only ones feeling nervous about the economy."
‑ Stan Hall, Oregonian
"Soldini gets at all the nuances of a marriage of many years in crisis, and, without a typical 'happy' ending where all worries are neatly resolved, wraps with hopeful poetry..."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
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