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After his wife dies in a tragic accident, Joe (Oscar® winner Colin Firth) moves with his two daughters across the Atlantic to Genoa, Italy. Haunted by their loss and seduced by the mysterious city, the grieving family soon find themselves in danger of losing everything.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 9
- Fresh: 7
- Rotten: 2
- Average Rating: 5.5/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Strong performances across the board elevate a small-scale tale that's easy to admire but hard to get excited about.
Fresh: There are a few literal-minded scene-by-scene explanations too many; how undiagnosed dyslexia made a bad kid out of Shaun. It's a shame as they put the emotional heart of film at arm's-length.
Fresh: Glenaan's spare film, set on a council estate in Bolsover, shows how dreams are cruelly extinguished, yet little bits of surreal magic illuminate this tough film with glimmers of hope.
Summer in Genoa
I found this movie to be incredibly well-acted. All performances stood out, but especially that given by Perla Haney-Jardine. Wow. Be forewarned, the story does not possess much narrative thrust. This is about three members of a family becoming isolated from one another as they deal with grief. As such it is a set of character studies, more than a story, per se, but it is sooo subtle and so right. Much isn't being said, and the undercurrents of guilt and recrimination and avoidance are hinted at. The use of the alleys and streets of Genoa give an undercurrent of menace that provides the story with a fairy tale quality. Finally, the ending does not tie things up in a tidy manner. It represents the possibility of this family nurturing each other once again, but only that. Personally, I liked it. Recovery from loss (whether through death, divorce, etc.) does not have a tidy resolution. Overall, very similar to The Boys are Back, but to my mind more true to life.
Before you set out to watch it, ask yourself, "self? do I like indie films?" If you enjoy movies from like Focus Features, or Fox's Searchlight, then you'll probably be a fan, if not, then I'm sure you won't like this one. I thought it rocked, honestly. It was super original, the acting was freako amazing, Colin Firth's facial expressions at his wife's funeral were legendary. The lil girl, who plays Uma and David's daughter in Kill Bill vol 2, was AMAZING. I was like, wow, she is powerful and totally adorable. The teenage girl, was just the same, you can feel what she's going through. As far as the ending, I thought it ended great and you could see where it was "leading you" to believe what their future held. All in all, you really gotta be a fan of slow-burning, indie, art house films, if not, you'll fall asleep and just be frustrated.
Summer in Genoa
This is one of those movies for me where I've invested so much time I don't want to quit watching hoping it will get better. It never did! It wasn't the acting, or the story, the movie was just boring and never went anywhere.