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A Summer in Genoa (2008)

Genova (original title)
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A man moves his two daughters to Italy after their mother dies in a car accident, in order to revitalize their lives. Genova changes all three of them as the youngest daughter starts to see the ghost of her mother, while the older one discovers her sexuality.

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Laurence Coriat (screenplay), Michael Winterbottom (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Colin Firth ... Joe
Perla Haney-Jardine ... Mary
Willa Holland ... Kelly
Catherine Keener ... Barbara
Hope Davis ... Marianne
Margherita Romeo Margherita Romeo ... Rosa
Alessandro Giuggioli ... Lorenzo
Dante Ciari Dante Ciari ... Fabio
Gherardo Crucitti Gherardo Crucitti ... Gerry
Monica Bennati Monica Bennati ... Monica
Angelica Moretti Angelica Moretti ... Angelica
Carlo Moretti Carlo Moretti ... Carlo
Sara Stewart ... Susanna
James Laurenson ... Marianne's Father
Gary Wilmes ... Danny
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Storyline

How do children respond to tragedy? On an icy road near Chicago, Marianne dies in a crash, leaving Joe and their daughters, Kelly, about 16, and Mary, about 9. That summer, a friend from Joe's graduate student days, 20 years before, arranges a teaching job for him in Genoa. When they arrive in June, Joe starts teaching and the girls have the summer before school starts: Kelly quickly falls in with youths her age; their club and beach life leads to sexual awakening. Mary, burdened by guilt for her mother's death, is solitary. The girls take piano lessons, Mary draws, and she also sees and talks to her mother. Joe asks them, "Are you okay?", but is that enough? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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We all need a place to start again.

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Drama | Mystery | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some sexuality and drug use | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Diaphana [France]

Country:

UK | Sweden | Cayman Islands

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

27 March 2009 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Summer in Genoa See more »

Filming Locations:

Italy See more »

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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The piece of music Kelly plays on the piano for her father and Barbara is "Étude no. 3 in E major, Op. 10, no. 3 - Tristesse" by Frédéric Chopin. See more »

Goofs

On their way from the airport, when they pass in the car in front of a fresco of Saint George fighting against the dragon, Ms. Keener says that Saint George is the Saint Patron of Genova. Now, it's true that Saint George has a strong link to the history of the city: the banner bears the cross of Saint George, in the middle ages the Bank which funded expeditions overseas (by the way it's the building that shows the fresco seen in the movie) was named after Saint George etc. but the Patron of Genova, since XIII century, is John the Baptist and he came to be after Genoese crusaders (First crusade) brought back from Holy Land his ashes, which are still kept in the Cathedral. See more »

Quotes

Barbara: Mary, you've never been to Italy before, have you?
Mary: No.
Barbara: Do you like pasta?
Mary: Yeah.
Barbara: Do you like ice-cream? Then you'll be fine.
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Engaging and convincing
1 April 2009 | by ColinrocksSee all my reviews

I have to say that this film engaged me completely. I could feel deeply for all the characters. I loved it and can't wait to see it again. Of course if you want a plot, action and a resolution you won't find it here. But there is room for many different kinds of films for different tastes. It was not so much a story as a picture of a family having to cope with the aftermath of the tragic death of their wife/mother. Any neat resolution would have been unrealistic. The fact that it showed domestic scenes was the whole point really. Everyday life has to go on, despite the pain of loss. The city of Genoa, with its maze of alleys and slightly threatening feel, as well as its beauty, was a perfect backdrop, to a family emotionally adrift and lost, trying to find a way through their loss to some kind of normal life.I thought all the actors did a marvellous job, and were totally convincing in the way they related to each other and reacted to their situation. This was a perfect role for Colin Firth. He is able to convey so much emotionally, with great restraint and delicacy of touch.


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