Based on a novel by distinguished author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the tale begins in the present as a middle-aged doctor returns to the village after a twenty-year absence to investigate the murder that occurred just before he left.
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Based on the famed novella in which a fragmented structure is what creates pacing and intrigue, it seems Rosi relied too much on this to adapt it. The films frequent jumps in time, coupled with its narrator's breaking of the fourth wall, are offputing and lend the film a poor pace. Making it seem like a bad docu-dramatization series you'd see on TV.
Other than this, Ornella Muti is great as Angela Vicario.
Sur l'honneur, la respectabilité, la vengeance et la responsabilité : une oeuvre sympathique du grand réalisateur transalpin, mais mineure dans son extraordinaire filmographie. De plus une remarquable interprétation de Rupert Everett... www.cinefiches.com