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The Garden of Redemption

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The Garden of Redemption

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
performer:
Embeth Davidtz, Anthony LaPaglia
genre:
Historical

We gave it a B-

Set in WWII Italy just before the Fascists got booted, this leisurely romance centers on the unconsummated yearning between a feisty partisan (Schindler’s List‘s Embeth Davidtz) and a determinedly apolitical priest (Murder One‘s Anthony LaPaglia). Despite the film’s sometimes numbing slowness and inescapable religious symbolism, the actors’ restrained yet intense performances and Thomas Michael Donnelly’s less-is-more script present the complexities of love, patriotism, and courage with comparative subtlety — which makes The Garden of Redemption a refreshing change from the average Blockbuster blockbuster. B-

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