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My House in Umbria (Bilingual)
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2003
I saw this lovely film on HBO, and it's to their immense credit that this film was seen at all. This film would never be released by a major studio these days. They are only concerned with huge blockbuster movies, yet anyone who cares about a strong, emotional story, set in gorgeous Umbria and starring Maggie Smith shouldn't miss this gem.
Maggie Smith stars as an aging romance novelist living in splendid isolation in her villa in the Umbrian countryside. On a shopping trip, the train she's traveling on is bombed by terrorists. When the dust is settled, Smith, and several of the travelers who shared her compartment, are in the hospital, including a little girl who has lost her parents. Smith generously offers her home as a refuge for the survivors to recuperate.
The traumatized little girl can't speak. Smith's heart goes out to her, and she does her best to make her as comfortable as possible. Smith's rather bohemian character, as well as her fondness for cocktails makes her a slightly madcap, tipsy hostess. Rather lonely of late, this unexpected intrusion in her life makes her feel needed. There's a young man with a secret to hide, and an older pensioner who round out the group. Then the little girl's uptight uncle (played with unstated eloquence by Chris Cooper) comes to take custody of his brother's orphaned daughter.
Smith is devasted by his coldness, his disapproval, and senses that he simply is taking the girl out of a sense of duty to his brother.
I won't give anymore of the plot away. Dame Maggie won a well-deserved Emmy for her superb portrayal of a middle-aged spinster, lonely for love, and with her own tragic past, who finds a purpose in her life in the aftermath of tragedy. The script is superb, the Italian settings and the gorgeous period costumes as well as fine work from a strong cast, make this a memorble viewing experience.
Nobody captures loneliness as truthfully as Dame Maggie. She's been doing it throughout her long career, as Rod Taylor's assistant in the bloated VIPs, as the headstrong teacher in THE PRME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE, as the actress nominated for an Oscar in CALIFORNIA SUITE, and countless other memorable screen portraits. Highly recommended.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on May 3, 2004
I am a great Maggie Smith fan, so when I found this movie, I had to see it. I must say, in my opinion I would classify it as an "Artsy-Fartsy" movie... but in spite of that, I LOVED IT. To a certain degree, I think everyone can identify with a life full of pains and sorrows, and still being able to help out others when they are in need. This is the description of true humanity... to see past your own pains, and lend a hand to someone else. The only thing in my opinion that makes this unsuitable for pre-teens, other than excessive alcohol consumption to mask emotional pain, is that there is a quick flash of Mrs Delahuntys upper torso, at one point.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
This movie is very touching. It may not be the most surprising or action packed of movies, but it can touch you if you let it. So many people, all touched by the same tragedy, having to come together, and share and learn and grow together. I think you'll enjoy it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
TOP 1000 REVIEWERon December 10, 2011
I liked this movie. It is a nice story with some interesting characters with Maggie Smith upholding the entire film. She is always superb and she doesn't disappoint here. The scenery is fabulous and gets you dreaming of fabulous Italian vistas and villas. The ending is somewhat predictable but heartwarming. If you like period drama with a nice story, no sex or bad language, or violence, then you would like this. If you like cut em up, eat em up type movies this is not for you. You would find it dull.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on November 23, 2003
If you are a fan of Maggie Smith then you must not miss this special film. This Beautiful Heartfelt story was a welcome switch for me in contrast to all the violence on HBO as of late. An easy-going movie with beautiful scenery will be a nice addition to your collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 16, 2012
If you enjoy a love story adventure and beautiful scenery; then this is the movie for you!; Great family values.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 2, 2014
I have always enjoyed both Maggie Smith & Ronnie Barker ( even in serious roles) & picked the movie because of them, Enjoyed the story & the acting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 26, 2014
Unusual and interesting story line.
As usual Maggie Smith shone as the star she is.
We have become big fans of this wonderful actres.
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on June 18, 2015
One of my favourite Maggie Smith movies. After a bomb goes off onboard a train. Maggie invites some of the survivors to recoup in her home in Umbria.
Maggie is an author of romance novels but the main part of the story relives around a child who has lost both parent's in the bomb attack and refuses to speak.
I also suggest reading the Novella as it is quite different from the film. Much better, in my opinion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2012
another good english movie of maggie smith, she does well in her roles,,, i have watched her for years, and enjoy her personality,
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