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The Villa Fiorita is set on the banks of an Italian lake. The battle is for the mother of 2 children who having fallen in love with an Italian composer and concert pianist leaves her husband to go and live with him in his lakeside villa. Her children however follow her there from the UK and gang-up with her lover's daughter to try & get their mother back. Written by
Maureen O'Hara and Rossano Brazzi are glowing middle-agers in love whose romance thwarted by their respective pre-teen children: his haughty Italian daughter and her stubborn, bratty British boy and girl. Stories of kids meddling in their parents' lives are usually successful if played as comedy; here, the melodrama gets to be too much, with the grown-ups continually exasperated and the kids unlikably victorious in their immature pranks. The familial arguments which arise are probably realistic, but here they dissipate interest in the movie, particularly since the love story between the leads is much more interesting. ** from ****
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