Rossellini's Journey to Italy is one of the more interesting and rare "Art Films" of the early 1950s. While an interesting effort overall, ultimately comes across as a rather muddled (and occasionally pretentious) character study of a bored married couple. The crux of the film stems (or shall I say, slowly 'seeps') from the clashing, not only of the married couple with each other (within a foreign land, mind you) but also with the past, and the prospect of a very uncertain future (divorce is strongly considered several times). The film is very demanding, not intellectually or emotionally, necessarily, but in terms of patience. If one is patient enough to sit through the entire film without looking away or pulling out some electronic device or cell phone (I was, not going to lie) they will be rewarded with a few uncontrived moments of insight, beauty and even downright knowledge.
Bads: Meandering and poorly scripted. The performances are subsequently rather weak, and even the actors themselves seem confused by their lines.
Goods: Uncontrived, insightful, and very distinct in style. Is also an interesting and occasionally beautiful homage to the landscapes and history of Italy.