Drama about a man (Colin Firth) who moves his two daughters to Italy after their mother dies in a car accident. The city of Genova has an impact on all three as the youngest daughter starts to see the ghost of her mother, while the older one discovers her sexuality.... More
The cast also includes the fantastic Catherine Keener (Where the Wild Things Are, Capote) and Hope Davis (American Splendor, Synecdoche, New York). Directed by Michael Winterbottom (A Mighty Heart, 24 Hour Party People).Hide
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BY Andreas Heinemann Flicks Writer
British director Michael Winterbottom (A Mighty Heart, 24 Hour Party People) is one of the more prolific filmmakers doing the rounds and his 2008 release, Genova, has finally hit our shores. There are glimpses of his undoubted talent on display in this story of a family overcoming grief, but this is less a hit than it is a miss.
The Italian setting is picturesque and gives the work an armchair-travel quality that keeps proceedings visually interesting, while the cast members (including Colin Firth and Hope Davis) turn in solid performances.
Unfortunately, the approach to capturing the overcoming of grief is staunchly observational, with key issues remaining unspoken, thus putting a cap on the drama. The neutral, naturalistic approach is also a mitigating factor in this, as it rejects a structured, strongly developed plot and instead results in slow pacing for what story there is.
All this adds up to a melodrama without enough drama. Winterbottom’s penchant for regular output may be the reason for this short-changing, as the film feels like a good concept that just needed more time in development.