In pre-World War II Sicily, just as the fascists come to power, two men fall in love with the same woman. The changes in their country's politics ultimately take all three on a journey across the ocean to New York City.
Olivier is fighting with his comrades at work against injustices, but one night his wife Laura leaves him and the kids on 9 and 6. He must now meet another struggle and face up to his new responsibilities. Can he find a new balance?
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I found this heavy going. There were a lot of incidents casually inserted that I felt I ought to understand, but didn't. Maybe if I had gone to school in France I would? Example, the black horse without a saddle or harness in the street fighting that came up to Waht's-er-name. What was that meant to portray?
If you knew nothing of the French revolution you would find this a very difficult film, but (knowing a bit but not enough) I found it frustrating.
The photography and the sense of reality is excellent however.
The English-language subtitles often overwrite the original film's captions, which is difficult. And the French dialogue is far too rapid and far too colloquial for me to follow.
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