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A Summer in Genoa (2008)

Genova (original title)
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A man moves his two daughters to Italy after their mother dies in a car accident, in order to revitalize their lives. Genova changes all three of them as the youngest daughter starts to see the ghost of her mother, while the older one discovers her sexuality.

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Laurence Coriat (screenplay), Michael Winterbottom (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Colin Firth ... Joe
Perla Haney-Jardine ... Mary
Willa Holland ... Kelly
Catherine Keener ... Barbara
Hope Davis ... Marianne
Margherita Romeo Margherita Romeo ... Rosa
Alessandro Giuggioli ... Lorenzo
Dante Ciari Dante Ciari ... Fabio
Gherardo Crucitti Gherardo Crucitti ... Gerry
Monica Bennati Monica Bennati ... Monica
Angelica Moretti Angelica Moretti ... Angelica
Carlo Moretti Carlo Moretti ... Carlo
Sara Stewart ... Susanna
James Laurenson ... Marianne's Father
Gary Wilmes ... Danny
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Storyline

How do children respond to tragedy? On an icy road near Chicago, Marianne dies in a crash, leaving Joe and their daughters, Kelly, about 16, and Mary, about 9. That summer, a friend from Joe's graduate student days, 20 years before, arranges a teaching job for him in Genoa. When they arrive in June, Joe starts teaching and the girls have the summer before school starts: Kelly quickly falls in with youths her age; their club and beach life leads to sexual awakening. Mary, burdened by guilt for her mother's death, is solitary. The girls take piano lessons, Mary draws, and she also sees and talks to her mother. Joe asks them, "Are you okay?", but is that enough? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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We all need a place to start again.

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Drama | Mystery | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some sexuality and drug use | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Diaphana [France]

Country:

UK | Sweden | Cayman Islands

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

27 March 2009 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Summer in Genoa See more »

Filming Locations:

Italy See more »

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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The sonnet being studied, which begins "When forty winters shall besiege thy brow / And dig deep trenches in thy beauty's field", is Sonnet 2 by William Shakespeare. See more »

Goofs

On their way from the airport, when they pass in the car in front of a fresco of Saint George fighting against the dragon, Ms. Keener says that Saint George is the Saint Patron of Genova. Now, it's true that Saint George has a strong link to the history of the city: the banner bears the cross of Saint George, in the middle ages the Bank which funded expeditions overseas (by the way it's the building that shows the fresco seen in the movie) was named after Saint George etc. but the Patron of Genova, since XIII century, is John the Baptist and he came to be after Genoese crusaders (First crusade) brought back from Holy Land his ashes, which are still kept in the Cathedral. See more »

Quotes

Joe: So why are there so many English flags?
Barbara: They're not English. They're the flags of St George. St George is the patron saint of Genoa, and England actually just borrowed him.
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I just couldn't get into it
2 February 2009 | by lkernazSee all my reviews

This movie was way to slow for me.

I had to watch it twice to get through it.

I can't blame the acting - I feel all of the cast did a good job with what they had. The cinematography was impressive - all the narrow, tall alley shots made me feel like I was there. The story to me was just lacking.

I think I understand the message they were trying to get across - a family coming to terms with the accidental death of their mother/wife - a realistic story. But this family was not really much more interesting than my next door neighbor. It was just too common place.

I spent the movie waiting for something to happen - and it never did. Even the inclusion of the supernatural twist of the mother's ghost seemed not to add to the story at all.

The basics of a story that you expect to find in a movie were missing. There was no rising action, every part of the movie was just another day. Some conflict between the characters did occur but was built up so slowly and it hadn't really reached a high enough point by the time the climax happened.

When the climax did happened I was wondering "was that it?". It was somewhat more exciting than the rest of the movie but a far cry from what a climax should be.

The resolution seemed totally missing to me. I suppose we can assume that after the bland climax some of the conflict between the characters was resolved but I really don't think the incident was major enough to have caused that much of an effect on the characters past a day or two. Or perhaps we aren't supposed to assume anything was really resolved and that we just saw a short period of time of this very dull family and it will continue on the same once we're finished watching.

Overall, not a terrible movie but one they could have done much more with.


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