Good Morning, Night (Buongiorno, Notte)
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Good Morning, Night (Buongiorno, Notte)
The kidnapping and killing of Aldo Moro, Italy's former prime minister and head of the Christian Democrat party, was a cataclysmic event no Italian can forget. Moro was taken hostage by Red Brigade members in March 1978 and almost two months elapsed while negotiations were pursued in vain. His bullet-riddled body was found on May 9th after a phone call alerted the authorities. In the wake of this shocking crime, Italy teetered on the edge of political chaos.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The strength of Good Morning, Night is not in winking meta-drama but in a clear-eyed, restorative realism that's occasionally broken by quiet flights of fancy."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Part reality, part fantasy and all compassion. It is a strangely moving experience for the historically aware filmgoer."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Despite good intentions, Good Morning, Night simply confirms what most viewers want to believe about themselves."
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
"Director Marco Bellocchio takes a pragmatic and complex position"
‑ Kent Turner,
"Bellocchio, a former Communist party activist, keenly appreciates the way in which the just causes of the past have been replaced by an uncertainty of action and purpose."
‑ Jamie Russell,
"The race between her deep-set ideology and burgeoning conscience is a compelling one, but there are too many shortcuts -- from fevered dreams to convenient coincidences -- along the way."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Ms. Sansa is an actress of exquisite sensitivity."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"A thoughtful and ultimately chilling take on a tragedy that still has the power to disturb and divide."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"condenses a national tragedy into an intense domestic drama, and uses the image of a household in disarray to suggest the widening cracks of a country at odds with itself."
‑ Anton Bitel, Movie Gazette
"Mature and profoundly affecting."
‑ Jurgen Fauth,
"Sober yet filled with fancy. There's a wistful aspect to the movie."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"The writer-director's inquiry into this tragedy makes for a moving and intelligent film, but the dark story never feels fully realized."
‑ Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
"A stunning achievement."
‑ Shlomo Schwartzberg, Boxoffice Magazine
"Buongiorno, notte fails even as a lyrical meditation on the kidnapping because the characters do not engage the audience at any point."
‑ Boyd van Hoeij,
"[P]otentially fascinating, but doesn't tap into the humanity of its subjects."
‑ Jeremiah Kipp,
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