It's Easier for a Camel (Il est plus facile pour un chameau...)
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It's Easier for a Camel (Il est plus facile pour un chameau...)
A wealthy but dysfunctional family teeters on the brink of collapse in this emotional drama leavened with a strong dose of dark comedy. Federica (Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi) is the daughter of a wealthy Italian business magnate (Roberto Herlitzka) who relocated himself and his family to France in the 1970s, after a wave of kidnappings among the rich and prominent led him to fear for their safety. Years later, Federica and her siblings -- brother Aurelio (Lambert Wilson) and sister Bianca (Chiara Mastroianni) -- still feel lost and disconnected, and with their father on his death bed, they each… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 43%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Her story construction -- blurring fact and fantasy and mixing scenes from different time periods -- is confusing and wearying."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"Because it is a convoluted meditation on the guilt that often accompanies personal wealth, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi's wistful, self-effacing comedy is a movie that will push your buttons."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"The contrast of the naive assurance of youth with the confusion and ambiguity of adulthood is sweet but simplistic and the wandering script hasn't much else to offer."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"a distant and distinctly minor piece of work"
‑ Chris Barsanti, Filmcritic.com
"This is a rich comedy that leaves you suspended, with all its hubbub, between wanting to laugh and wanting to cry."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Gives Euro-style ambient guilt over money a sensitive and bittersweet (if slightly overlong) treatment that's worth a detour."
‑ Lisa Nesselson, Variety
"It's ultimately hard to care deeply about a silly, sheltered girl-woman who's taking an inordinately long time to learn that money can't buy happiness."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"It's Easier For a Camel examines the soul-searching of a very rich woman who discovers that real wealth lies in her imagination."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Overlong and heavy-handed, semi-autobiographical dramedy."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Long-winded, jokingly self-deprecating, and clichéd."
‑ David Ng, Village Voice
"A diverting dramatic comedy."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"[The main character] just isn't interesting in the slightest."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews