Top positive review
A decadent chocolate box movie
on 8 May 2017
Before I saw the movie last summer. As first impressions, I didn't know
what to expect and the title of the film seemed boring, but I loved
Dame Maggie Smith so I gave the movie a chance.
Based on a novel by William Trevor is about a sophisticated,
vulnerable, eccentric Authoress called Mrs Emily Delahunty (Maggie
Smith) who is on her way to Milan on a monthly shopping trip with
acquaintances on a carriage 219, they were about to look forward to the
day in their own way until a bomb exploded on the carriage. Delahunty,
Werner the young German (Benno Fürmann), General (Ronnie Barker),
traumatised although unscathed but gone mute from the horror is 8 year
old American Girl Aimee (Emmy Clarke) who are survivors. Out of
Kindness and loneliness- Delahunty invite them to stay long term to her
healing pensione and recuperate in piece of paradise, the scenic vistas of
the Italian country living. Thomas Riversmith (Chris Cooper) enters as
Aimee's nitpicking Scientific Uncle with his share of brokenness and
he too is slowly going through a transition like the others. As soon as
healing process begins with everyone and coming to terms of their loses
and gains through friendship, magic happens as well as their own
purposes and Destinies.
The atmosphere of this movie reminds me of Tea with Mussolini, but with
a simplified plot whereas Tea with Mussolini has more characters and
more serious Drama, My House in Umbria is light-hearted but you feel
just as sympathetic for the characters.
The versatile Maggie Smith is such a legend and won a deserved award as
the dry humoured, elegant, Earth Angel that has a spiritual gift who
comes to terms with a troubled secret past in search of her inner
fulfilment as her form of Happiness, Inspector Girotti (Giancarlo
Giannini from "a walk in the clouds") is brilliant, Quinty (Timothy Spall) is wonderful as her
assistant (his Irish accent is flawless). Chris Cooper is interesting
as the attractive but blunt and straight laced Professor who is
secretly passionate but not engaging to social relationships besides
his work. Fürmann had the look of dread and worry and he put on a smart
performance. The cast is wonderful, the setting, the pacing of the
movie is perfect.
What an enchanting movie with magic like Chocolat, it has warmth and
charm without the Hocus Pocus. Goes to show that Humans as a living
spirit can make magic when they connect.
I own this movie on DVD now and can't stop watching it. Well done.