THE EIGHT MOUNTAINS – Review by Diane Carson

Directors Felix van Groeningen and Charlotte Vandermeersch visualize four decades of a profound relationship between two men, one from Turin and the other from an Alpine village. Set primarily in the Italian Alps, the beautiful environment isolates Pietro and Bruno, rendering their multifaceted collaboration of work and leisure a concentrated study of the friendship between them.

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THE EIGHT MOUNTAINS – Review by Jennifer Green

This Cannes 2022 Jury Prize-winner wistfully reflects on the journey of finding one’s place in the world, and how key relationships can help define a life’s trajectory. Watching the two lead characters from boyhood into adulthood suggests that parental choices play a large role in shaping a person’s path, in positive and negative ways. For protagonists Pietro (Luca Marinelli) and Bruno (Alessandro Borghi), adulthood involves coming to terms with those early experiences. The delight is in seeing how they do this together, on distinct but parallel paths, each knowing the other is always there for him to reconnect over slow summer months, or at a moment’s notice in an emergency.

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MARTIN EDEN – Review by Sarah Ward

Luca Marinelli’s expression changes many, many times in Pietro Marcello’s bold and bewitching version of Martin Eden. You don’t receive acting awards for emotion-filed eyes alone, but Marinelli certainly earned his 2019 Venice Film Festival Best Actor award several times over. His is a performance that a filmmaker can build a feature around, as Marcello has.

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