A Summer In Genoa
A Summer In Genoa (2009)

In the wake of a family tragedy, an English ex-patriot living in the United States decides to relocate himself and his daughters to Italy, only to discover that grief has followed them overseas when the youngest girl proves unable to move… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: March 27, 2009
DVD Release Date: April 12, 2011
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Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Michael Winterbottom's tale of grief and mourning, though frustrating in places, is intelligent filmmaking with superb central performances.

Ruth Hessey
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

A delightful sojourn for one indie filmmaker and his cast and crew in a fascinating old Italian town.

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Matt Pais

You know a movie like this is working when it holds you tight and nervous in every moment, even when very little is happening.

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Simon Weaving

A beautifully observed, moving, yet unfocused story about a professor (Colin Firth) and his two daughters, dealing with the intensities of feeling after a death in the family.

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Rob Nelson

Genova conveys its strongest themes through insinuation, and modulates its shifting moods through Winterbottom's precisely calibrated DV processing.

Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald

Whether you go with this idea might depend on how many times you've seen it before, in sentimental American films. The fact that the film is more artful doesn't make the ghost of the mother less of a cliche.

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Giles Hardie

An elegant, traumatic but ultimately rewarding tale that will leave you glad to have made the trip.

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

It can be to mix a strange city with devastating loss. It's at once a deeply sad film and a deeply truthful and optimistic one.

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Des Partridge
Courier Mail (Australia)

Genova fails to provide the view with much that is satisfying and instead accomplishes only a superficial examination of grief and the way people respond.

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Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)

It's an extremely well-made film, but just a bit too subdued for my taste.

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Flixster Audience Score: 41% Flixster User Reviews
Shawn Ewing
After the traumatic loss of their mother, the family of three move to Italy to escape their depression. The film is full of emotion as the family tries to cope… More
Walter M.
Five months after the death of his wife(Hope Davis), Joe(Colin Firth) takes his daughters Mary(Perla Haney-Jardine) and Kelly(Willa Holland) to live in Genoa… More
Tired of Previews
Directed (and co-wrote screenplay) by Michael Winterbottom, Revolution Films, 2008. Starring Colin Firth, Catherine Keener, Perla Haney-Jardine, Willa Holland… More
Panta Oz
Michael Winterbottom in Genova showed us all his skills, except one... knowing how to end the movie! He is a director of such integrity that leaves me puzzled… More
Cynthia S.
This movie is full of slow, dark, endless walks...probably meant to be symbolic? Anyway, very, very slow movie that had potential, but never really quite… More
Cinema Films
If you want action, complex plot and driving narrative with plenty of twists and turns, then maybe, you have to forget this film. <br/>… More