39-year-old April Epner's childish husband and school teacher colleague Benjamin/Ben leaves her, but with her biological clock ticking ever more loudly. Her dying bossy adoptive mother is ... See full summary »
New Grenada is a planned community set in the desert where there is nothing for the kids to do, save for a rec center - which closes at 6 PM. The parents, in their zeal to attract industry ... See full summary »
Michael Eric Kramer,
A comedy about a veteran NYPD cop whose rare baseball card is stolen. Since it's his only hope to pay for his daughter's upcoming wedding, he recruits his partner to track down the thief, a memorabilia-obsessed gangster.
Juan Carlos Hernández
The story focuses on a man who suffers "anesthetic awareness" and finds himself awake and aware, but paralyzed, during heart surgery. His mother must wrestle with her own demons as a turn of events unfolds around them, while trying to unfold the story hidden behind her son's young wife.
When his mother, who has sheltered him his entire 40 years, dies, Elling, a sensitive, would-be poet, is sent to live in a state institution. There he meets Kjell Bjarne, a gentle giant and... See full summary »
Per Christian Ellefsen,
Marit Pia Jacobsen
"La ragazza del bersagliere" is a pleasant, semi-frivolous love story about the romance between Anita, a barber in a town in Emilia, and Salvatore, a Neapolitan "bersagliere" sharpshooter from a nearby military camp. They are played with a modicum of chemistry by Graziella Granata and Antonio Casagrande. She's had romances with many of the locals, but it is Antonio who captures her heart. They plan to marry, prepare a home together. Trouble is, he dies in a rather silly drowning accident after too much eating.
He doesn't leave her though, and that is the central gimmick of this contrived movie, but she and his constantly appearing ghost continue the romance, with Salvatore preventing any other serious attachment between Anita and other men in the town. When the girl finally does almost marry another man, Salvatore interrupts the wedding, and Anita runs off, is shot on the army rifle range, and is able to join her ghostly love in Purgatory. She herself is destined for heaven and so must commit a little mental peccadillo to be with him from the start.
While this film is quite watchable, it hardly rises to any level of art or even good entertainment, and has all the weight of a TV situation comedy. The subordinate cast is pretty decent in thankless roles, particularly Rossano Brazzi, Franca Valeri, Renato Salvatori, and Vittorio Caprioli.
Director Alessandro Blasetti's greatest films were made from the 1930s to the 1950s, with special nods to "1860," "Ettore Fieramosca," "The Iron Crown," "Quattro passi fra le nuvole," which I consider his masterpiece, "Fabiola," and the wonderful Aldo Fabrizi comedy "Prima Comunione." This is a much lesser work than any of those.
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