Reviews

The Sky Is Falling

4

This is one of those sun-dappled nostalgia-fests that: a) makes you wonder whether European film councils ever fund anything other than bittersweet, coming-of-age movies set during World War Two; and b) somehow ends up reducing you to a puddle of tears.

The story's a good 'un, involving two orphaned young girls who are sent to stay with their aunt (Isabella Rossellini) and her chess-playing Jewish patriarch husband (Jeroen Krabbé). Barely have the sprogs set about exploring their new home and its luxurious setting before their Tuscan idyll is invaded, the retreating armies of Mussolini and Hitler staining both the countryside and its inhabitants' lives.

An international festival award-winner, this is a slow-burn classic with a terrific performance from Krabbé. It's evocative and involving throughout, but never more so than in the mesmerising scene where a Nazi general is invited to join a children's tea party...

Film Details

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  • UK Theatrical Release Date: March 1st 2004