|Starring:||Andrea Di Stefano, Mario Pupella, Donatella Finocchiaro|
|Genres:||Drama, World Cinema|
|Run time:||1 hour 31 minutes|
|Rental release:||24 Nov 2003|
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Some of Torre's best work...By a customer from London, England , 23 Dec 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]With 'Sud side story' and 'Tano da morire', Torre has shown us that she is capable of more than competent directing but not only, she is also adept as a writer of relatively good and intriguing story lines.
Although those films were primarily musical films, we see a recurring theme in her work, the organised crime theme, approached in a more than confrontational nature and even ridiculed in an all too simplistic fashion.
This film however, shows the director progressing, slowly maturing to produce films which are capable of impressing an audience, possibly even positively.
Greater character depth, use of dynamic and utterly chaotic POV's (the lack of use of any steady-cam is evident also perhaps due to lack of space), and the neurotic, edgy, 'episodic' nature of the whole movie. It's all over before you know it. Not forgetting of course, great performances not only from Finocchiaro (Angela) but from most of the colorful, passionate characters involved.
I really enjoyed the movie and am glad to see that Italy is slowly re-emerging, with directors like Torre and Virzi'. A very good film.
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Almost a very good filmBy erp (67 reviews) from Manchester , 23 Apr 2012
[Highly rated reviewer]As often with Italian films, the strength of this movie was in its cinematography. Some of the frames were unforgettable, and for me the emotional charge came almost entirely from the way scenes and faces were shot. There was a real poetry to this.
I found the story-telling a serious let-down though. Perhaps this is a film that needs to be watched more than once so that the atmosphere can be absorbed and hidden depths of emotion can grow in the mind, but on a single viewing I was irritated by the way the narrative kept being interrupted by the flashing up of dates that were meaningless because there was no way of keeping them in the head, by the lack of flow between the carefully framed scenes, and by what seemed to me to be a lack of inwardness about the characters.
It's frustrating because some aspects of the film showed great talent. I feel that with more flare in the handling of narrative it could have been very good.
In the mood for love, a Palerme.By ikouma (17 reviews) from Oxford , 01 Jun 2010
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideAn intensely romantic and atmospheric film on the macho mafia world of Palermo, filmed with passion, style and femininity by Torre and held by the sensual physicality and charisma of the leading female character, Angela.
However, in the second hour, the film somewhat loses its thread, grit and social focus and turns into a pretty but ordinary love story beautifully photographed and musically choreographed in the decadent ruined passageways of Palermo; a Palermitan 'in the mood for love'. But the unusual feminine perspective on the mafia and the dominant personality of the debutante actress Donatella Finocchiaro is enough to hold you captive and sustain your attention till the end and the leading man the 'sexissimo' Di Stefano is not bad either ! All in all a pleasure to watch !
AngelaBy a customer from Bicester , 23 Jan 2008Interesting film, good acting
Far too impressionisticBy Savage (632 reviews) from London, England , 23 Nov 2007You can see what the writer-director is trying to do as expands her style into a kind of first-person neo-realism, taking her away from her kitsch-musical past, but sticking with the Palermo gangster life she obviously finds so fascinating. And so we follow Angela, Mafia wife, shoe-shop manageress and sometime coke-deliverer, as, having failed to persuade her husband to give her a break from the life, she takes a lover (her husband's new right-hand man) instead. The story ought to be compelling, erotic, exciting, but it's not really any of those things, because Torre keeps it all so tightly focussed on the central character that nothing resembling either tension or drama is allowed to build. Like her previous films, it's an interesting idea, executed with artistry and conviction; unfortunately, however, it doesn't work.
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Beautifully acted, it's a superb film.By a customer from Bermondsey, London , 23 Oct 2007This is an amazing film. It helps to enjoy it if you have been to Sicily and specially if you speak Italian as the subtleties in the language and the particularities of the Sicilian dialect are very interesting. Beautifully acted, it's a superb film.