Genova (USA 2009)
Directed by: Michael Winterbottom
With: Catherine Keener, Colin Firth
Shown at: Hollywood Multiplex
Director Michael Winterbottom is one of the most surprising in recent movie history, he has tackled all genres and looked at various ways of storytelling. He has now made a tender and touching film about a widowed university lecturer (Colin Firth) and his daughters leaving Chicago to spend a year in Genoa. They’re recovering in the Italian sun from the death of a much-loved wife and mother in a car crash. Genoa, with its gorgeous beaches, bustling port, sinister old town, handsome modern buildings and baroque churches, is a suitably therapeutic setting. In mood and attention to detail, the film brings the work of director Eric Rohmer to mind. Good performances and a soft and luminous storytelling make this a quite enjoyable, yet not for blockbuster fans treatment.