• 2008
  • UK
  • 1h 33min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Michael Winterbottom
  • Written by: Laurence Coriat, Michael Winterbottom
  • Cast: Colin Firth, Catherine Keener, Hope Davis

Following the sudden death of his wife, uptight Brit professor Jo (Firth) moves his daughters to the Italian city of Genoa to start a new life. As they settle in, the labyrinthine baroque city begins to have a peculiar effect on each of them, and then the youngest Mary (Haney-Jardine) starts seeing dead people. Slow, beautiful, grave and a little bit forboding 'Genova' is a real oddity for a modern audience.

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Genova - Crosstown traffic

19 Mar 2009

Let’s talk about cities. Those Rousseau-ian abysses, those human zoos, those deserts of loneliness. The modern city and cinema have always had a special relationship, one that after years of abuse has been reduced to hand gestures and cliché. The…


19 Mar 20094 stars

MYSTERY/DRAMA With his latest work, filmmaker Michael Winterbottom doffs his cap to the literature of mystery, coincidence and suggestion exemplified in the short stories of WW Jacobs (The Monkey’s Paw), Saki and Daphne Du Maurier. Following the sudden…

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