Journey to Italy (Viaggio in Italia) (Strangers) (The Lonely Woman)
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Journey to Italy (Viaggio in Italia) (Strangers) (The Lonely Woman)
Roberto Rossellini directs this drama starring his then-wife Ingrid Bergman as Katherine Joyce, a wealthy British woman who accompanies her husband, Alex (George Sanders), on a trip across the Italian countryside to close on an inherited villa in Naples. Far from their London home, the couple becomes frustrated with each other and seem to be headed for divorce. Katherine tells Alex about a lost lover who risked his life to see her, but it only leaves Alex even more indifferent to her. Planning to spend the rest of their vacation away from each other, Alex joins up with some other British guys… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"You might not want to bring along someone you love, because you could end up leaving the theater alone."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Globe
"Voyage to Italy is the kind of movie that makes those unhappily in love feel understood. And even if that's not you (congratulations), it's still possible to groove on Rossellini's stranger-in-a-strange-land psychodrama."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"If one accepts the narrative simplicity and that the journey is both physical and spiritual, the film offers many rewards."
‑ Ronald Bergan, Radio Times
"There is real greatness in this movie."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Roberto Rossellini's finest film."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Rossellini stealthily ushers us towards a sense of heady affirmation so primal that 'romance' isn't a strong enough word for it."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"Voyage to Italy is close to watching actual strangers suffer loneliness despite being together. It can leave an aching bruise, but only if you're paying attention."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"Rossellini's bitterly acute account of the death throes of bourgeois marriage in general and his own marriage to Ingrid Bergman in particular."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"An influence on everyone from Michelangelo Antonioni to Jacques Rivette, this brave work still stands as a watershed."
‑ Jordan Cronk, Little White Lies
"[Rossellini and Bergman's] body of work together is considered one of the pinnacles of cinema, with Viaggio in Italia at the forefront."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Some of us will never tire of those soirees, with their black-tied gloom and elegant suffering, and will therefore relish the beauty and melancholy of this voyage, along with its touristic snapshots and heart-tugging Neapolitan songs."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"Journey To Italy is a searing portrait of love turning sour under the Neapolitan sun and a bold adventure in a new kind of filmmaking."
‑ Jay Stone,
"In the end the film magnificently justifies its classic status as an affirmative statement about relationships."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"Befitting a filmmaker who defined as well as challenged the definition of Italian neorealism, it unfolds simultaneously as thorny narrative and profoundly personal documentary."
‑ Fernando F. Croce, Slant Magazine