Monday, March 15, 2010

22. March 12/13, 2010 - My House in Umbria (2003)

This is a drama that tries sometimes a little too hard to be a mystery. Even so, it succeeds in being a touching story - mostly because of Maggie Smith. Everything she does turns to gold as far as I'm concerned. Whether it's playing old Wendy in Hook or Professor McGonagall in Harry Potter, she commands every scene that she's in. Chris Cooper is painfully cruel as an American guest in her Italian villa home and the little girl's performance is very powerful. Despite its flaws (strange extended dream sequences and a weak sideplot about terrorists), this is a beautifully-shot and touching story.
My Netflix rating: 4 stars

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