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Friday, July 20, 2012

'Le Cose che Restano'

Le Cose che Restano (Japan title: Jorudani-ke no Hitobito) Rating: (4 out of 5)
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Le Cose che Restano (Japan title: Jorudani-ke no Hitobito)

Director: Gianluca Maria Tavarelli
Running time: 399 minutes
Language: Italian (subtitled in Japanese)
Opens July 21, 2012
[See Japan Times movie listing]

In this day and age, who has the time to sit through an Italian movie 6½ hours long?

For anyone willing to undertake the endeavor, however, "Le Cose che Restano" (originally a TV mini-series) offers huge reward.

It's all about the life and times of the Giordani Family in Rome, headed by (secretly) promiscuous patriarch Pietro (Ennio Fantastichini).

The Giordanis' prosperous, close-knit family circle begins to unravel when teenage son Lorenzo (Alessandro Sperduti) suddenly dies. Visually stunning, infinitely luxurious and highly caloric fare.

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