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  • Summary: Set on and around a summer tourist island off the coast of Sicily, Terraferma tells the story of two struggling, yet disparate families, whose members become fatefully intertwined. A well intentioned, but illegal rescue of immigrant ‘boat people,’ forces the individuals of the indigenousSet on and around a summer tourist island off the coast of Sicily, Terraferma tells the story of two struggling, yet disparate families, whose members become fatefully intertwined. A well intentioned, but illegal rescue of immigrant ‘boat people,’ forces the individuals of the indigenous family to choose between their economic survival and doing the morally correct thing with respect to the family they’ve saved at sea. In the process, both families are slowly torn apart as they come to grips with the harsh reality and consequences of their actions. [Cohen Media Group] Collapse
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  1. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    Jul 26, 2013
    85
    Crialese is a sentimentalist at heart, but a fine one, and his compassion for the wretched of the earth is thrillingly amped by the movie's ecstatic imagery.
  2. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Aug 7, 2013
    80
    A stirring commentary on our better angels.
  3. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Jul 26, 2013
    63
    Europe’s immigration dilemma was also the focus of Aki Kaurismaki’s winsome “Le Havre,” and the Africans themselves were front and center in Moussa Touré’s “La Pirogue.” This film is somewhat less effective; Crialese’s message seems to take priority over a deeper sense of individuals.
  4. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    Sep 6, 2013
    63
    The story starts to feel crowded, especially when each character seems instantaneously at odds with another. One set of opposing forces would probably suffice.
  5. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Jul 23, 2013
    60
    As with his previous film Golden Door (2006), Crialese proves that he’s more adept when evoking a lyrical naturalism practiced by his directorial ancestors than when he’s hand-wringing over social issues.
  6. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Jul 23, 2013
    50
    As Terraferma tightens its focus on a courageous resolution of tough issues, too much nuance is jettisoned along the way.
  7. Reviewed by: Chuck Wilson
    Jul 23, 2013
    30
    It's all very predictable, very Hollywood. Storytelling cliché, it would seem, knows no borders.

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