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Passage to Paradise (1998)

Passaggio per il paradiso (original title)
"Gentle into the Night" is the story of two lost souls: Martha, an American lady who has lived in Italy for many years without ever learning the language; and Renato, twenty five years ... See full summary »

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Mariano Rigillo ...
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"Gentle into the Night" is the story of two lost souls: Martha, an American lady who has lived in Italy for many years without ever learning the language; and Renato, twenty five years younger than Martha, who for all his life has been working odd jobs and has no place to call home. Martha's home is a house in Tuscany she has inherited from her grandfather. There she lived and brought up her children after an early divorce. Martha, who at times suffers from a sudden loss of memory, and her obsession with the large country home, has become a nuisance to her children. They have send their mother to a care center, and are trying to sell the house. We meet Renato when he has just taken on a job for a small detective agency that specializes in divorce cases. He is observing two lovers traveling together through Northern Italy when he meets Martha who has run away from the care center... Written by Eugene Rizzo

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Waste of talents.
7 October 2000 | by (Boston,MA,USA) – See all my reviews

I am a fan of Ms. Harris and Mr. Karyo, in their varied careers. This film was screened in a local art house. I had never heard of it, so I decided I had to see it. I now know why I had never heard of it. Bad writing, bad editing, bad cinematography. It reminded me of the tawdry films in the later careers of Bette Davis and Judy Garland. (Actually, black and white film made those films intrinsically more intriguing and moody.) The big issues of aging and loss and new relationships were lost in the garble. Given the potential of what could have been done with the cast and the setting of Tuscany, I was extremely frustrated by the film. I could not even recommend that someone rent it, if it were available on video.


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