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Story

Italy's magical fantasy of midlife crisis and rebirth in Venice, the city of lovers, swept the Italian film awards and charmed all of Europe. Director Silvio Soldini turns the tourist mecca of piazzas, canals, and stone bridges into a quaint little village out of time and fills the film with the charm of the city and the gentle quirks of his delightful cast. Licia Maglietta is winning as Rosalba, the frustrated and ignored middle-aged mom who impulsively takes a vacation from her family. She hitchhikes to Venice and falls for lonely, suicidal Icelandic waiter-poet Bruno Ganz (whose soulful, sad eyes recall his fallen angel from Wings of Desire), blossoming as she rediscovers her smile and joy for life. Sweetly sexy and beautifully shot, this story of second chances may not be original or surprising (think Shirley Valentine), but it's no less lovely or enchanting for it. --Sean Axmaker

DVD Features

  • Widescreen
  • Dolby

Cast

Licia Maglietta
Bruno Ganz

  • Genre: Comedy Movies
  • Director: Silvio Soldini
  • Producer: Columbia/Tri-Star
  • Length: 114 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJul 27, 2001
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG-13
    AustraliaM
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaMar 26, 2002
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