"What happens to art in the hands of the Barbaric"
Middle of the road film about Middle Age (To elderly) women and the boys in their lives. Makes for a nice afternoon tea break.I saw this movie as a Matinee and it cost me six bucks. I think that it is good for a bad weather afternoon, but not much else. Franco leaves you thinking that the war was just a nuisance for some people. The film failed to engage me. There where moments in the homage to Florence and San Gimignano lit memories of these beautiful places. The most annoying thing in this film was Luca, talk about a boring character and appaling acting. The Eldery ladies certainly did their bit to give life to this tedious meandering. Judi Dench was brilliant as the art obsessed failure, and Lily Tomlins' lesbian provided truly funny appearances that were a relief from the dire feeling. I think Cher was also perfect as the ostentatious serial marriage artist. She had the only depth in the film and the only interesting part. She was at once detestable and admirable. More time spent in script development would have been an extremely good thing. The only poignent period was when we saw the men of Il Duce and later the Nazi soldiers and their treatment of art. The disrespect shown by these barbaians is criminal. You wonder if they were just on orders or ignorant. Thankfully many works of art survived the war and live on for us today, though not some thanks to the Earth Quake that struck the Uffizi.Entertaining in a relaxing sense. Not challenging for the viewer and I dare say not a stretch for any of those involved in its making.