A Magnificent Haunting (Magnifica presenza)
A Magnificent Haunting (Magnifica presenza) (2012)

28-year old Pietro has just moved to Rome with a new job. When he finds a beautiful apartment at a low rent because it is badly in need of repair, he thinks he's struck lucky. However, objects start mysteriously moving about and strange… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Ben Walters
Time Out

The tension between fantasy and reality, idealism and pragmatism, is at the heart of the story, and explored with some complexity.

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Simon Kinnear
Total Film

A gentle comedy about a gay man's attachment to old-school notions of romance, Ferzan Ozpetek's film is reminiscent of Woody Allen at his most whimsical.

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Chris Michael

Pietro's struggle to reconcile fiction and reality is just about charming enough to hold this frustratingly unresolved and lightly uncomic film together.

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

This intriguing mixture of present-day Rome with life in the mid-40s finds both humour and warmth along the way.

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Mark Kermode
Observer (UK)

There's real pleasure to be had watching the worlds of the living and the dead intermingle, and Ozpetek handles the supernatural elements with ease, balancing the magic and the mundane to rewarding effect.

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Rich Cline

This offbeat ghost story draws us in with its sharp-edged comedy then gets under our skin by quietly shifting the lively humour into much darker emotion.

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Tom Dawson
The List

It's an elegantly shot and designed tale, yet strangely lacking in emotional weight.

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Charlotte O'Sullivan
London Evening Standard

A wee bit special.

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Jennifer Tate

Fails to enchant thanks to an uneven tone, underdeveloped characters and a laboured final act.

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