Colin Firth | Genova (2008) | dir. Michael Winterbottom
Genova tells a haunting tale of a man whose wife dies in a tragic car accident, leaving him to grieve with his two young daughters. Wanting to escape the sorrow of the home their shared, he decides to take his daughters to Genova, Italy for a year.
The film sounded promising, it was visually pleasing, and accurate. It is a much more realistic portrayal of the life of a tourist in Italy than most films I’ve seen. However, while the film may be artistic, this did not make up for the substance and story that could have made it a great film. It left many unanswered questions, and many untold sub-plots open-ended. The film would have greatly benefited if it had focused on one plot, or fewer.
Colin does a masterful job of portraying a professor, heartbroken widow, and father. His performance was by far one of the film’s greatest strengths.