Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Jean Reno, Mercedes Ruehl, Polly Walker, Mark Frankel, Trevor Peacock
Director: Paul Weiland
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama
This film centers on Marcello, a trattoria proprietor in an Italian village who will stop at nothing to make sure his beloved but ailing wife, Roseanna, realizes her dream of being buried at the local cemetary.
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dooby | 07/11/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a lovely movie. It was originally entitled "Roseanna's Grave". In its offbeat way, it tells of the love between a middle-aged man and his dying wife. Marcello, played by Jean Reno, has made a promise to his ailing wife, Roseanna (Mercedes Ruehl). He will make sure that when she dies, she will be buried next to their beloved child. Despite the rapidly diminishing number of plots in the town's overcrowded cemetery, he intends to keep his promise. He goes to great, even absurd lengths, to ensure that the other townsfolk do not die first and deprive his wife of that last available plot. When one of Marcello's friends dies in an accident, he hides the body in a freezer. When the family of a man declared brain-dead wants to turn off his life support, he pretends to hear the man speak. He fusses constantly over the health of all the townsfolk. It may all sound rather morbid but the film plays out very sweetly and with a gentle humour that often brims over into hilarity. His equally devoted wife meanwhile tries to pair him off with her younger sister, Cecilia, played by the lovely Polly Walker (Enchanted April). Unfortunately they can't stand each other. A little twist at the end allows the couple to live out one last dream before the final curtain call. It is an uplifting ending and one that will leave you smiling.
It's rare to come across a movie that brings you close to tears one moment and have you laughing with joy the next. And though it does not pretend to conquer death, it does push its characters to live life to the fullest. For all the laughter and light-hearted comedy, it is the film's portrayal of the love between the aging couple that makes this charming comedy special.
Although this is an American production, it is set in Italy, the cast is mainly Italian and it has a very Italianate feel to it. It is almost like watching an Italian film. It certainly doesn't feel like something coming out of Hollywood. "For Roseanna" was filmed in the lovely hill country around Sermoneta in central Italy. The photography is gorgeous.
New Line Home Entertainment has produced a fine DVD with a lovely transfer in the film's original 2.35:1 widescreen (anamorphic). It also includes a fullscreen pan-&-scan version. Picture quality in the widescreen version is lovely. Crisp, clear and generally clean with only very occasional nicks on the print. Colors are bright and natural. Black levels are just right. Sound is in the original English Dolby 5.1 and a dubbed Spanish Dolby 5.1. There are optional English and Spanish subtitles. Aside from the theatrical trailer there are no other extras. Still it's worth the price just to be able to watch this seldom-seen, almost unheard of little treat. It's good to know that Hollywood, in between its multi-million-dollar blockbusters, can still make such little gems."
Left With a Warm Feeling...
Vicky | 01/23/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
""For Roseanna" is one movie I wish had been more successful. This romantic comedy makes you laugh, cry, and overall, leaves you with a warm feeling when it is over. Reno (a quirky restaurant owner "madly" in love with his ailing wife) and Ruehl (ailing wife constantly trying to calm down crazy husband) were magnificent in their roles and the story so rich with emotion and character, that I feel this is a must for anyone's video library. An "off the beaten path" movie such as this is hard to find, but once you do, you must cherish it forever. "For Roseanna" is one of those movies. You will not be disappointed."
Got a good marriage? Wish you did?
Douglas Hayes | Kuwait | 05/05/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"For Roseanna is one of those little beautiful movies that you look for for a long time to add to your DVD collection but sadly hasn't come out yet.
Life and love. That is truely what is important. Mercedes Ruehl and Jean Reno shine as two people so madly in love with each other that they would do anything to make the other happy when all they really want is each other. If you have a good marriage (as I do) or wish you did it opens the warmth and possibility that such simple things actually exist and when you find them to grab on with both hands and cherish it.
Buy this movie. Guys. You'll even like it!"
I laughed...I cried...and laughed again
H. S. Wedekind | Pennsylvania, USA | 04/25/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
I thoroughly enjoyed this delightful little gem of a romantic comedy. The actors were very good, especially Jean Reno as Marcello and Mercedes Ruehl as Roseanna. They were a perfect match and believable as a happily married couple (they even argued lovingly, if you can believe that). One of the reviewers couldn't understand why everyone spoke English everywhere except in the cemetary. I am not remotely fluent in Italian, but I think the Catholic priest was speaking Latin during the burials. It seemed fitting. At times, though, I did have some trouble understanding what some of the other actors were saying due to their heavily Italian accented English.
After reading the reviews here on amazon, I bought the DVD intending to sit down with my wife on our weekly "video viewing Staurday evening together", but couldn't resist taking a peek at the beginning of "For Roseanna." I was so entertained that I watched the entire movie by myself, though it's a fun movie to watch with someone you love."