Summer 1944, in an elegant villa in Tuscany In the summer of 1944, Penny and her younger sister Baby, orphaned by a car accident, are taken to live with their mother's sister in an elegant villa in the Tuscan countryside. The aunt is married to a handsome German Jew, a lover of music and the arts. The entire story is viewed through Penny's eyes. It is with her we explore the fascinating world which revolves around the island of happiness formed by the villa and its unconventional guests, as well as the surrounding rustic life, which depends on the villa. The film portrays the simple events, which take place from the summer of 1944 until the tragic conclusion of the War. These include the friendships established with the peasant children, school, religious problems, the growing awareness of a cruel, inescapable reality, the discovery of the first furtive contacts of love and the magnetism of Uncle Wilhelm (an idealistic intellectual and advocate of justice).
Haunting story that makes you wish you knew more
- The Sky Is Falling review by SC
Two girls become orphans when their parents die in a car crash. They go to stay with their auntie who also has children and lives in a very rural area and, gradually, become integrated with their new community. Afterwards, I wanted to get the book the film is based on, but it seems there are no English translations of it. I'll definitely be renting this one again.
This film deceives the viewer with a bland opening, a rural Italian idyll for 2 recently orphaned German speaking sisters. They are soon running wild with the local children, climbing trees, swimming in rivers, and discovering the facts of life from a household servant’s amorous trysts with a local soldier. Storm clouds are gathering over Europe and a visiting Catholic priest warns the family that they will need to leave and go into hiding as the Germans are coming across the border and will requisition their house for troops. As this is based upon a true story it is almost impossible to judge the film critically and give it a rating. So let’s say it has to be 5stars because ultimately the film is the true and tragic fate of just one family in WW2 buried somewhere outside Florence.
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