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Review: Picturesque, Patience Testing 'The Italian Key'

  • By Nikola Grozdanovic
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  • April 20, 2014 8:00 AM
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There are moments, while watching a movie for the first time, when you feel like your attention span is being stretched. It's normal—it happens all the time. And in this day and age it's more rare if you're not thinking about five things at once than if you're just thinking about one or two. Roger Ebert once said that a sign of a truly great film is when it makes you completely forget about everything, and glues you to the screen from start to finish. It's great when you feel truly invested in the story, and there's nothing anyone can do to stop you from watching how it ends. On the other hand, some movies make you wish for just about any kind of disaster—electrical power failures, building fires, hurricanes—to stop you from getting to the end. Yes, some movies stretch the attention span as if it was on a medieval torture rack until you become almost hysterical, bursting into fits of laughter, because some movies aren't even worth the tears. As gorgeous as it looks, and as pleasant as it sounds when no one is speaking, Rosa Karo's “The Italian Key” is unfortunately part of the latter category.

Exclusive: Trailer For Rosa Karo's Award Winning 'The Italian Key'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 9, 2011 11:54 AM
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While you probably already know the familiar names of the big films that have conquered Sundance, Berlin, Cannes, Venice and TIFF this year, there are plenty more films that journey their way city to city, country to country, festival to festival charming audiences and picking up accolades that don't quite get the same attention as their starrier competition. But they are definitely worth tracking down, and one such film is Rosa Karo's "The Italian Key."

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