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Susan, a very successful photographer is facing a personal, existential crisis, until her life is put upside-down, and forced to reconsider itself, taking also her profession to a turning point, when -during a sublimating, accidental trip in some gorgeous, and yet forgotten, areas of Italy- she would decide, out of instinct, to stay much longer than planned, to especially further in, her friendship with a mysterious, and deeply inspiring, small group of characters(an isolated, ex-suicidal painter, a very young, and handsome Franciscan monk, who'd proof way clever than most adults, and a woman, who seems intact, after abandoning the protests and Terrorism, following the 1968's ideological crisis and movement, peacefully, and, in absolute simplicity, embracing hard work in the country, to feed her new loving family), eventually taking Susan, to a whole new reality, addressing how a lack of real love, but, too many unwanted compromises, and lost personal opportunities, have slowly ... Written by Alessio Rossini

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Difficult to find but worth the efforts!
5 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Viaggio in Italia" aka A Journey to Italy, is not just your average TV movie of the week! At the contrary it's an introspective drama, pretty much shot with incredible artistic inspirations (referring directly to the Cinema of Roberto Rossellini, Valerio Zurlini and of a more aesthetic Rohmer) and a true bravo execution by an Italian artist, novelist, poet and director, Gabriella Rosaleva who had gained extensive acclaimed for her 3 past feature films, all highly Awarded internationally. After another couple of extremely poignant films, unfortunately the filmmaker came to am abrupt stop of her Film's career, many say after the disappointment over the failure to realize her most important picture, with a much bigger budget and a stellar cast, constantly postponed for a period of almost 5 years, at the end of which, the brilliant Rosaleva (whom many had expected as the dignified successor of masters like Visconti and Cavani) decided to retire herself to a very secluded life, mainly writing novels and painting, in order to forget the bitter disappointment, by many believed to be a mainly "political" rejection of her brilliant , moral but also quite extreme work, perceived by many as a form of political attack against the Italian's institutions of the time and their - eventually- well known corruption that proved detrimental to most of the new, quite bland generations of Italian filmmaker's, often incapable to bring their films to any international attention. Here, the director finds a much more sympathetic and endearing, moving story while following another frustrated woman of success, accused by too many of a rather cold approach to her yet very famous work as a famed photographer. A sudden and unexpected journey to Italy ( splendidly photographed in some of it's least well known and yet still way marvelous sceneries, like the almost abandoned Abbacy of Toffia, in Rieti, the splendid if melancholic Turano's lake and. A series of woods and Hills all around it, completely uncontaminated, or an array of astonishing little gorgeous cities built in the Middle Ages, and, painted all over with formidable frescoes from the 1600's) and the sudden and at first, almost uneasy friendship with 2 young troubled women who have found there peace and serenity, or with an enigmatic, young Franciscan monk whose mysteries will reveal of incredible wisdom and beauty, all convince Susan to extend her stay for a much longer period of time, discovering, while working at a new art work of true and refined artistic motives, a whole new self , and, just through the moving experiences and suggestive places, her new humble but brilliant and loving friend almost casually, but perhaps not, all take her in order to a reconciliation that at some point will sheer promising, also bringing her small group of friends as a true moral lesson to all others, through the successful presentation of this much more elevated, almost eternal new work, Susan has in the meantime completed, so finding again her original strength as an artist and her own faith in a new life, much more true to herself! A simple but beautifully told moving story that kindly combines with simpatico, the not so easy themes of existential crisis, the thoughts over times past and lost circumstances, also showing like the Arts, and a more simple, but honest life might become key factors when searching for our own youth, it's dreams, and delusions, giving space to a whole new identification of ourselves, at times so sadly far away from our own paths or those paths that had once meant to be for us! Excellent direction and performances make of this a true little rare gem, not to be missed!


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