September 17, 2008
Toronto. Genova."Genova is yet another Michael Winterbottom film featuring yet another stylistic turnabout - the director who gave us 24 Hour Party People, 9 Songs, Tristram Shandy, In This World, A Mighty Heart and The Road to Guantanamo now delivers an emotionally loaded domestic suspense story about an American family fraying at the seams in Genoa," writes the Boston Globe's Ty Burr. "Winterbottom never figures out how to bring the movie to a proper and organic close. He's more interested in the journey than the destination. Good for him, but unfortunately in this case, only in theory." "[W]hile if you asked me to name an actor synonymous with on-screen naturalism, I would not before now immediately name Colin Firth, he very convincingly envelops himself in the desperate fog of Sudden Single Father Syndrome," writes Karina Longworth at the SpoutBlog. "Genova more than succeeds as a small, precise, personal picture with no larger ambition than to set a tragedy in motion and fully describe the way it feels for each member of a family of three to be mired in the fallout. What it lacks in grand aims it makes up in emotional honesty, and for those of us Winterbottom fans who were starting to get impatient with the filmmaker’s drift into political didacticism, it’s nice to see him return to making films about people." "Genova gives us a warm, detailed glimpse of these people as they ebb and flow toward recovery," writes Eugene Novikov at Cinematical. "It loves them, and wishes them well, and wants to show them to us in their full and flawed humanity. It may end up going on the books as 'minor Winterbottom,' but 'minor-key' would be more accurate. It's a terrific small film, a lovable TIFF underdog." "It may on the surface seem low key and even wispy (plot certainly takes a back seat to tone), but is powerful and professional work from a director at the top of his game," writes Kurt Halfyard at Twitch.
Posted by dwhudson at September 17, 2008 5:16 AM