A Castle in Italy

A Castle in Italy

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French-Italian actress Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi writes, directs and stars in this drama set in northern Italy and Paris. She plays Louise, a former actress struggling to hold her once-wealthy family together and keep them connected to their beautiful estate in Piedmonte.  More

The film is inspired by two seismic events in Bruni-Tedeschi's life - the 2006 death of her brother from AIDS and her 2009 adoption of a baby with her partner.

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2013Rating: R16104 minsFranceFrench and Italian with English subtitles
ComedyDramaWorld Cinema

A Castle in Italy | Reviews

57%7 reviews

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Flicks, Giles Hardie

Flicks, Giles Hardie

“A family is forced to sell their Italian home” suggests the official plot description of this French film. That’s not what A Castle in Italy is about, but is possibly the only storyline it maintains throughout. The film portrays the rubble of a dysfunctional once-aristocratic French-Italian family: two middle aged children and their mother, denying debt, health and reality in tragically unbelievable fashion.

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Variety

Variety

More than a mere affirmative-action entry in this year’s Cannes competition (where it is the lone pic directed by a woman), this low-key but pleasing arthouse item will earn more audience goodwill than much of the Croisette’s more fashionably outre product.

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Time Out

Time Out

A modest but surprisingly substantial delight.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Probably the worst film of the Cannes competition so far: a smug, twee confection about a family losing their house

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

Interweaves reality and fiction in a highly self-conscious manner that is calculated to keep us guessing.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Drowns its sincerity in self-consciousness.

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