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Bruno Vetti ...
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1943, an estate north of Firenze. The weight of the world is on the shoulders of Penny, who's about 10. An orphan, she must watch over her little sister when they go to live with her aunt and uncle. Penny's a Catholic, and worries about her uncle's soul. He's Jewish, progressive and a free thinker, a fair boss, and devoted to his family. He can be stern, so Penny also worries that she'll never please him and that he won't love her. Then, after the Allied forces land in Sicily and the Germans begin their retreat, Penny must worry about her uncle's life. She tries logic and appeals to human decency. Can a child keep the sky from falling? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Jeroen Krabbé's name is misspelled "Jeroun" in the opening credits (which pronounced in Italian probably sounds more like the way his name should be pronounced). See more »


When Wilhelm is playing chess with the general, he performs a mate in 3 beginning with a rook sacrifice. However, on the last move he is seen to move his knight to the wrong square, giving only check instead of checkmate. There is a continuity error here, as in the next shot we see the knight on the correct square, delivering mate. See more »


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You will laugh and cry.
21 February 2006 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

Just discovered this, thanks to the glut of free DVDs being given away by the British press. At least 'The Independent' has taken some care with its selections and this film, I think, has been the best of all. It is an enchanting but then, tragic story which portrays some of the best and worst of human traits. The best is in the love, stoicism and courage of the family - the worst, not in the Germans per se but rather in the Nazis. A beautifully crafted film with good performances from the adults and wonderfully natural performances from the kids. It will make you laugh and cry and perhaps, even give you pause to wonder what you would do, if faced with such terrible dangers.

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