Terraferma (2013)

A man is put in jeopardy when he's forced to help a family with nowhere to turn in this drama from Italian filmmaker Emanuele Crialese. Ernesto (Mimmo Cuticchio) is an elderly fisherman who lives on the Sicilian island of Linosa. The… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 14, 2014
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Critic Score: 70% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

Terraferma offers a sun-splashed meditation on compassion, tradition, tolerance, and generational change.

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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

Involving, thematically rich ... yet also quite timeless ...

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Fails to be convincing when it resorts to a paternalistic lecture on the right way to behave in modern times.

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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post

For the most part the multi-faceted story works.

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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post

Emanuele Crialese's film burns with a sense of this situation's inhumanity, and he gives a palpable sense of life in a place where the beauty attracts tourists, but the natives are barely getting by.

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James Plath
Movie Metropolis

The visuals are memorable, and so are the characters and their moral dilemmas.

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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

Crialese and co-screenwriter Vittorio Moroni portray a way of life on that island in complete uproar ..

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Ella Taylor

The visceral passion of these tales of poverty-stricken but tight communities, dreaming and striving for better futures for their children, gripped me.

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Fernando F. Croce
Film Comment Magazine

As the protagonist's solidarity is put to the test, however, Terraferma slides from detail-rich fable to Important Issue statement, its symbolism growing leaden and its characters shedding their eccentricities for masks of nobility.

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An involving story centered on the contrast between the traditions and the needs of a new generation in an island, which is reflected in the way the young… More