Started slowly but got better as it went on. Couldn't guess the ending.
A moving story with great actors - lovely story.
a lovely story, performed very well be Maggie Smith, bieng filmed in the beautiful area of Italy, called Unbria, with the interactions between the other characters telling a beautiful and absorbing tale was told
A heart-wrenching film, superbly scripted, acted, and photographed. In feeling, reminiscent of Lavender Ladies and A Room With a View, but only in feeling, not in detail. By far one of the best films of the decade.
I thought it was brilliant. Maggie Smith was wonderful. thought about this a long time after the film finished.
Thoroughly recommend for those who like something different. Not a chick flick at all - too deep for that throw away classification!
after watching this movie ....I was not sure ,my partner thoroughly enjoyed it said it kept you entertained & intrigued .So we watched it a second time . A jolly fine movie worth a viewing .
Maybe - Not for me, Maggie Smith character could join X-Men.
It had all the ingredients (great actors, beautiful location and cinematography) to make a movie I would normally truly like, but somehow it didn't pull it off. Just lacks something.
Loved it - one of my favourites which I happily watched again - Italy, Maggie Smith!
The Italian scenery is always gorgeous. Story could have been stronger but it wasn't too bad. You get to know Maggie Smith's character very well, but you never get much more out of the others. No real development on who they were/are, what really motivates them or why. But then, perhaps that wasn't the point. In any case, I enjoyed it - much more than "Under the Tuscan Sun".
Overall the movie setting is very beautiful but the story line is a bit odd and very rambling.Worth watching only if you are a die hard Maggie Smith or Ronnie Barker fan. His performance in probably his last screen role is a fine and very touching one.
Great movie for rainy Sunday. Lots of hidden messages. Enjoy......
A little slow, but a nice movie. My favorite recent movie is "Shadows in the Sun"
Beautiful scenery but not really any story. Worth watching for the scenery.
A charming story. Maggie Smith is always excellent, and makes the story so moving and real to the viewer. As I lived in Italy for three years, I really appreciated the beautiful Italian countryside. The scenery was just wonderful, and the elegant Maggie Smith was beautifully costumed. I enjoyed it immensely.
Maggie Smith wonderful as always. Movie started well but got a bit slow and boring from about the middle on but still glad I watched it.
sweet, nothing startling, great actors.
Maggie Smith, the perennially typecast pretentious ex-pat english spinster (usually in Italy now, ala Tea with Mussolini, A Room with a View et al) gives a splendidly subtle performance, not something I would frankly thought her capable of. Make the most of the dvd subtitles too, even the Italian converstions are transcribed and, being set in Italy, there are quite a few of them but frankly they aren't important ones. An endearing if frankly unlikely depiction of coping with post-traumatic stress, this is a very pretty but lightweight film about, of all things, forgiveness.
Good story with good themes
This movie was magic!!! An all-smoking, all-drinking Maggie Smith was an absolute treasure, as always and played a very sympathetic character for a change. Ronnie Barker was delightful in his swan-song and the rest of the cast played wonderful roles.... even the awful uncle. The story was novel, the scenery was gorgeous and there were plenty of warm fuzzies for everyone.
Okay movie but not a repeater
Good plot .Great scenery. Pleasant viewing
Whislt Maggie Smith is always watchable, her performance could not overcome an inherently silly story. Great actors - Giancarlo Giannini, Ronnie Barker, Timothy Spall - are utterly wasted in this chook-lit story. Nevertheless, one point for showing us always beautiful Umbria and Maggie's clothes were stunning.
A delightful movie, with good acting and some lovely scenery. Miles apart from those Hollywood blockbusters and actors who just mumble.
Not a great story but the characters are great and the atmosphere of rural and classical Italy are really very special.
What a delightful, sensuous, sensitive, evocative and visually luscious movie! The story line is marvellous, and acting (especially by an elegantly aged Maggie Smith) is superb. An absolute joy! For some reason it reminded me of another great movie, "The English Patient".
Thought it was going to be a good flick but I didn't like it at all. Maggie Smith's character is totally unlikeable, as is Chris Cooper's. By the end of it I just wanted it to be over!!
Great cast, Maggi Smith English national treasure. Ronnie Barker in his last role before his untimely death. Goos storyline.
Absolutely spectacular cinematography! Wonderful acting! Loved this movie - but definitely a chick flick (no romance though). Bit slow in parts. Highly recommended.