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Francesca and her younger sister, Antonietta, are as different as day and night. By day, Francesca holds the household together and at night she earns a living operating a taxi. Antonietta, however, is a rebellious teenager and desperately wants to get away from the gray confinement of their Cologne suburb. Together with her musician boyfriend, she runs away to Rotterdam, followed by a concerned Francesca who goes in search of her.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 47%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"You can't quarrel with the lensing and acting, but the overabundance of coincidences keeps Vivere from reaching its full potential."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"I like writer-director Angelina Maccarone's ambition, but her technical ingenuity exceeds her grasp of potentially complex emotions, which get stuck in a groove of mawkish self-pity."
‑ Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly
"With truly fine performances, resulting in several riveting scenes, one can easily overlook the dingy cinematography and bothersome sound track to befriend this beguiling look at loneliness."
‑ Brandon Judell, New York Theatre Wire
"This ethereal road flick has a legitimate feminist statement to make to those willing to allow women to resolve relationship issues on their own enigmatic terms."
‑ Kam Williams, NewsBlaze
"Borrows elements from the Babel-icious playbook of Alejandro González Iñárritu. But the sharp focus...helps the film stand out from the interlocking narrative pack."
‑ Geoff Berkshire,
"The wave-like Rashomon structure of the story, combined with the steady pace and moody look of "Vivere" are lulling, but in the end the situation is neither believable nor fantastic enough to be very compelling."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Hauntingly satisfying."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, Time Out New York
"Three women trying to cope with the complexities of love and loss, but it's all been said a thousand times before."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"The dialogue and performances are, and the film's resolution is both haunting and satisfying."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A chick-flick with lesbian undertones featuring three meshed stories of little dramatic interest."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"Three women converge on the road to self-awareness in Vivere, a moody drama from the German director Angelina Maccarone."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"German helmer Angelina Maccarone's latest film, Vivere, piles heavy emotional baggage on a slender story frame."
‑ Ronnie Scheib, Variety
"While Vivere is no merry Christmas tale and the story here is slight and its execution awkward, it delivers many pleasures."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"A textured and thoughtful effort that transcends sexuality, culture and even language."
‑ Wade Major, Boxoffice Magazine
"Vivere is a study in contrasts that, though it has a somewhat laborious narrative structure, continues Maccarone's ascent as a strong new voice in European cinema."
‑ Boyd van Hoeij,
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