After his wife’s tragic death, Joe (Colin Firth) moves his two daughters to Genova for a fresh start. The romantic Italian town has its effects on the girls, as teenager Kelly (Willa Holland) begins to test her sexuality and young Mary (Perla Haney-Jardine) believes she’s seen her mother’s ghost. Director Michael Winterbottom’s poignant tale of love, family and forgiveness co-stars Hope Davis and Catherine Keener. —Netflix
Acclaimed British filmmaker Michael Winterbottom is known for making intense, passionate films that explore the demands of human relationships and emotional commitment. He first earned recognition with Butterfly Kisses (1995), a somewhat controversial revision of the buddy/road genre that told the story of a pair of lesbians (Saskia Reeves and Amanda Plummer) who go on a killing spree across Great Britain.
Born in Blackburn, Lancashire, on March 29, 1961, Winterbottom earned a degree at Oxford and received film training in Bristol and London. After beginning his professional career as a film editor for Thames Television, he directed two documentaries about Ingmar Bergman and a few television series, most notably the acclaimed BBC drama Family (1994).
The same year that Butterfly Kiss was released, Winterbottom presented audiences with a film of an entirely different sort. Go Now, a romantic drama starring Robert Carlyle as a man whose… read more
A subtle (yet touching) story about a family in crisis living abroad. A little underwhelming at times, and much of its time was spent wandering in alleys instead of exposing the audience to more of the daughters' pass-times in their new, alien environment. Not exactly a necessary viewing, but certainly not a waste of time.
Director Michael Winterbottom
Starring Colin Firth, Catherine Keener, Hope Davis, Willa Holland, Perley Hanley-Jardine
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