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  • Format: Subtitled, NTSC, Import
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Film Movement
  • Release Date: Jan. 21 2014
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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Garibaldi's Lovers

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This is the latest from director Silvio Soldini who also brought us the rather good ‘Come Undone’. It is an unusual mix of ideas that somehow works. We meet widower and plumber Leo who is struggling with his teenage children, his son Elia and feisty daughter, Maddalena. He is partially helped in this by the ghost of his dead wife – whom only he can see.

His path crosses with that of a nasty, corrupt lawyer Malaffano – played brilliantly by Luca Zingaretti (‘Inspector Montalbano’ and ‘Cefalonia’) who has employed a broke and struggling artist – Diana to paint a mural in his office. Leo sort of falls for her. Meanwhile his son has met an older man who he sort of befriends – Elia also has a relationship with a stork which he is prepared to steal food for. Add to the mix the Garibadi in the title in the form of a statue that adds a running commentary to the proceedings as well as entering into political discourse with other statues and you have a very unusual film indeed.

This is a commentary on modern life and can be seen as satirical and critical in part. It is also a story about how people interact and what we are capable of – both very good deeds and very dark ones. It is, as I have mentioned unusual, but it is also very entertaining, very well made – all the acting is superb and it has a stylish Élan which I love with Italian cinema. It is in Italian with a smattering of a few other languages thrown in and has very good subtitles. I received a review copy from Film Movement and as ever this presentation comes with a bonus short film called ‘The Kiosk’ a rather sweet little film. This is both funny and touching and is one of those films that you will get more from on a subsequent viewing – I can absolutely recommend.
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Director Silvio Soldini's wonderful film, "Garibaldi's Lovers", distributed by New York's Film Movement, is one of those, small European films that is such a breath of fresh, very human, air in our Hollywood dominated culture, with it's status quo moralizing and insidious conditioning. Yet, "Garibaldi's Lovers" is not without its ideals, either. Soldini has done a perfectly tasteful job of his jerermiad on the loss of the heart and soul of his beloved Italy. But instead of coming from some large, corporate mindset, this is a very personal film about ideals, purpose and human values.

The film begins with wide pans of an unspecified Italian city. ( Florence? Milan? ) Contrasted against modern buildings and structures are several statues of historical figures, Garibaldi, of the the great founders of modern Italy, being one of them. The images set up the philosophical underpinning of the film. We finally come to stop at the statue of Garibaldi as he observes a group of women physically fighting over a parking spot and a youth vandalizing a wooden public bench with his lighter ... and no one seems to care or even notice. Garibaldi's voice moans and is saddened by what he sees, a formerly great country, once one of the foundational pillars of Western culture, reduced to banal and insipid infighting, corruption and a total loss of ethics or a moral centre. He wonders if it had been better if "we had stuck with the Austrians", to his disappointment.

Having established the theme of the film, Solini 'comes down' from Garibaldi's lofty perch and begins a delightful story comprised of the lives of few people that will eventually cross and intersect.
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By Luanne Ollivier #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Jan. 25 2014
Format: DVD

Garibaldi's Lovers is from Italian director Silvio Soldini. As with all Film Movement releases, it is an official selection or winner at multiple film festivals.

Soldini opens the film with a series of statues in an unnamed Italian park conversing on the current state of things. (One of them is Garabaldi - I stopped to go look this up - he considered to be one of Italy's "fathers of the fatherland".)

From Soldini's liner notes:

"...the idea of giving a voice to the statues that have been in our streets and parks for centuries. While we may not even know who they are or what they represent, perhaps they might have something to say to us with respect to where our country is headed."

These statues are given the stage many times to share their thoughts and bicker amongst themselves.

We meet Diana, an artist (Alba Rohrwacher) who is behind on her rent and is desperately trying to collect money owed to her. Leo (Valerio Mastandrea) is a widowed plumber trying to raise his two children - Elia and Maddalena.

Garibaldi's Lovers is a busy film. There are many players and plot lines - Amanzio (Giuseppe Battiston) , an oddball landlord determined to educate the public, Elia's fascination with a stork, Maddlena's fascination with boys, a crooked lawyer, the plumber's assistant whose wife is sure he is cheating and Leo's dead wife (although it took me a scene or two to realize she was dead) Each of these characters is used as a vehicle for social commentary. Soldini manages to serendipitously weave them all the various plot lines together by the end. (although there a few loose ends).

Soldini provides a light touch in addition to the social commentary through whimsical touches and almost slapstick situations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Garibaldi May not Be Pleased--But I Am Oct. 2 2016
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I agree with everything in Dan Lebryk's full review. This movie is a de-light--with emphasis on light as opposed to heavy. Seemingly unrelated people and events converge as the story progresses. The characters are well developed, the acting is low-tone but superb. They are all eccentrics--including some talking statues and a ghost--creating a surreal moving image. The film is not for everyone. I loved it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great film from the director of Pane e Tulipane! Oct. 10 2016
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I love this director. His film Pane e Tulipane (Bread and Tulips) is one of my favorites...he is quirky, sensitive, humorous and right on point. For Italian language students his dialogue is easy to follow and relatively free from dialect.
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed the Movie Aug. 19 2016
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Got a little confused about the wife and why she'd arrive home in the early morning hours...other than that I enjoyed the movie.
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny, odd and entertaining Oct. 11 2016
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The srork is a real stork and is the uncrowded protagonist of the plot. A fresh comic movie straight out of Italy.
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars July 24 2016
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Cute movie, but a little random.