Up at the Villa Movie Review Summary

Actors: Kristin Scott Thomas, Sean Penn, Anne Bancroft, James Fox, Derek Jacobi

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An aristocratic but penniless English widow, Mary Penton (Thomas) is a guest at the estate of Princess San Ferdinando (Bancroft) near Florence in 1938. A stuffy British gentleman, Sir Edgar Swift (Fox), newly appointed governor of Bengal, courts but does not excite her. She is taken by a young refugee violinist, spends a night with him and then casts him off, with dire results. An American playboy (Penn) flirts with her and helps her avoid trouble with the local fascist authorities. This 2000 film, created by the same brother-sister team that made the superior "Angels and Insects," has much the same flavor as "Tea With Mussolini," and despite some fine acting, comes across as a bit languid, never achieving quite the level of magic of "Enchanted April." Jacobi is lovely as a breezy if nervous queen.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1930's-1950's Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   seduction (yum!) Ethnic/Regional/Gender story?    -   Yes Ethnic/region/relig    -   British    -   Italian Unmarried Love Triangle?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Italy Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   sex under blankets Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing Is this movie based on a    -   book

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