My House in Umbria 2003

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Italian-set drama starring Maggie Smith as Emily Delahunty, an author of romantic novels living in Umbria. One day, while on a shopping excursion to Milan, she becomes one of a number of victims of a terrorist bomb attack on the train. Emily recovers quickly from the event, but others in her carriage are more deeply affected: a young German journalist (Benno Fürmann), a British general (Ronnie Barker) and particularly a young American girl orphaned in the blast (Emmy Clarke). Emily invites her fellow survivors to join her at her beautiful country home, where her free and unconventional lifestyle helps them all to overcome their ordeal. Timothy Spall and Chris Cooper co-star.

Starring:
Chris Cooper, Maggie Smith
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DVD

Product Details

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  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 39 minutes
Starring Chris Cooper, Maggie Smith, Timothy Spall, Ronnie Barker
Director Richard Loncraine
Genres Drama, Thriller
Studio MOMENTUM PICTURES
Rental release Limited availability
Main languages English

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70 of 70 people found the following review helpful By M. A. Moore on 27 May 2007
Format: DVD
The scenery was breathtaking with Maggie Smith's acting adding spice and interest. Not a film for people who prefer violence and action. The gentleness and understanding of the characters who through tragedy became close friends, the wonderful sun drenched scenery and the charm and character of the beautiful house all added to the delight. A most watchable and enjoyable film to savour. Thank goodness there are directors who have the courage to continue to make films of this calibre.
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121 of 122 people found the following review helpful By Janice Minton on 20 Feb 2006
Format: DVD
Lovely filming, Maggie Smith at her best, heartwarming story with some dark flashbacks, great scenery (Italy). Watch it on a rainy Sunday afternoon with a glass of wine. Timothy Spall surprised with a good Irish accent. Not what we had expected and we enjoyed it very much. A light touch from the director and the best from the cast.
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73 of 74 people found the following review helpful By adav on 1 Jan 2006
Format: DVD
After watching this film on television I had to purchase a copy. It is such a pleasure to watch a film, which is not only superbly cast but having such as intriguing story. The film is a must, superb script and stunning acting. The way the characters become webbed together to form deep friendships is a pleasure to watch.
I can only copy one of the other comments on this website “Who can fault Maggie Smith and Ronnie Barker - set against the Italian countryside even more perfect”. It is also fitting to see Ronnie Barker’s last major role, what a superb actor, what a superb film.
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195 of 199 people found the following review helpful By livinginthedimanddistant on 18 April 2005
Format: DVD
Contrary to the previous reviewer's opinion, I found this film riveting - perhaps the pace of modern films has created a generation that simply do not appreciate the beauty of a dialogue based film over the all action blockbuster.
The acting is outstanding, particularly from Ronnie Barker, showing just how he could have been a great straight actor as well as a wonderful comic one ,Timothy Spall , despite a somewhat suspect accent, is terrific whilst Maggie Smith is quite stunning.
Unquestionably, however, the glorious scenery is the real star and the superb photography throughout does it full justice.
Overall, an excellent adaptation of the novella by William Trevor.
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104 of 107 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Oct 2005
Format: DVD
I don't know which film the previous writer watched, but this film is beautiful to watch, amazing to listen to and fascinating to become involved in. The sensitive way each character becomes dependent on the others and the unravelling of their life stories is absolutely brilliant.
Who can fault Maggie Smith and Ronnie Barker - set against the Italian countryside even more perfect.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. M. M. Powell on 29 Jan 2009
Format: DVD
This is a wonderful film with brilliant performances by all but notably Maggie Smith and Ronnie Barker. It is poignant and moving and there are many messages coming through the storyline. Beautiful scenery throughout - drama at its best! It exceeded expectations in all areas.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Christina M. Croft on 31 Dec 2008
Format: DVD
Maggie Smith and Ronnie Barker work so wonderfully together in this beautiful film. Every expression on Maggie Smith's face reveals a different aspect of her character, and Ronnie Barker's straight perfomance (as opposed to his usual comedy) is perfect. The scenery is luxurious - the image of the meal on the terrace on a summer evening is one to brighten even the coldest of winter days! The story itself, though simple, is very touching and so many elements of it are revealed without words. Maggie Smith gently stroking the spines of her books and talking of them, unaware that the man to whom she was speaking has left the room is so poignant. It's a truly feel-good film with excellent actors and glorious settings!

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By M. Prestney-Archer on 17 Nov 2005
Format: DVD
A thoroughtly delightful and touching film, Maggie Smith and Ronnie Barker are wonderful, the setting magnificent.
An unuasual storyline of people from different backgrounds thrown together to overcome the trauma of a terrible atrocity, in the serenity of Maggie Smith's house in Umbria, a healing experience.
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