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  • Summary: Liv Tyler stars as a nineteen-year old beauty who summers at a villa in Tuscany with a variety of artistic types after the death of her mother, who had stayed there years earlier.
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  1. 90
    What's more, Bertolucci's voice is stronger, clearer and more effortlessly confident than it has been in years. He's stolen the beauty of Tuscany and his youthful star and transformed it into an exquisite work of movie art.
  2. Though the film tapers off a little toward the end, there's a climactic scene of recognition between the heroine and her father that was one of the most exquisite pieces of acting I'd seen in ages.
  3. Reviewed by: Staff(not credited)
    Bertolucci fans of old may well sigh for the political passion that made his earlier work more powerful. But the grace, craft and real wit in this country house party make it his most seductive film in a very long while.
  4. 63
    This film is aesthetically pleasing but not emotionally satisfying. It's occasionally erotic but rarely dynamic.
  5. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    This fragile, precious chamber piece, co-written with Susan Minot, rarely seems worthy of the high style lavished upon it. [24 Jun 1996 Pg.83]
  6. When Bertolucci points his camera out a window, it's like putting on your glasses. Everything is lush, drenched in color and right there for you to touch.
  7. Bertolucci's original story--a generous adjective--was made into a screenplay by the American novelist Susan Minot, who has an unwavering eye for the predictable and an ear for the tired phrase. [24 Jun 1996 Pg.32]

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  1. Sep 17, 2011
    It may be that I am just a dirty old man, but I am fascinated by Liv Tyler. I really liked this movie, too. Part of my affection might be the circumstances of seeing it -- we were in a theater at the Jewish community center near Baltimore and enjoying the movie except that there was an older couple a few rows in front of us. The man needed to go to the restroom probably about 3/4 of the way through the movie, and his wife had to help him. When they returned, it was just as Liv was to a sex scene with Tyler -- the woman looked up at the screen as they returned and said (very loudly), "Oh, my God!" I have to admit that not everything Liv has done is great (McCool's comes to mind). Still, I would give almost anything she was in a try. Expand