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      Magnificent Presence

      2012 1h 42m Comedy List
      69% Tomatometer 13 Reviews 41% Audience Score 100+ Ratings An aspiring actor (Elio Germano) discovers that his spacious new apartment comes complete with eight friendly ghosts. Read More Read Less

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      Mark Kermode Observer (UK) There's real pleasure to be had watching the worlds of the living and the dead intermingle, and Ozpetek handles the supernatural elements with ease, balancing the magic and the mundane to rewarding effect. Rated: 4/5 Oct 28, 2013 Full Review Charlotte O'Sullivan London Evening Standard A wee bit special. Rated: 3/5 Oct 25, 2013 Full Review Chris Michael Guardian Pietro's struggle to reconcile fiction and reality is just about charming enough to hold this frustratingly unresolved and lightly uncomic film together. Rated: 2/5 Oct 24, 2013 Full Review Naila Scargill Trebuchet Falls prey to its own charming funniness, the script a tad too rushed and soon gives up on the frightfulness of the border between fantasy and reality for our protagonist in favour of comedy. Feb 28, 2019 Full Review Rich Cline Shadows on the Wall This intriguing mixture of present-day Rome with life in the mid-40s finds both humour and warmth along the way. Rated: 4/5 Nov 1, 2013 Full Review Tom Dawson The List It's an elegantly shot and designed tale, yet strangely lacking in emotional weight. Rated: 2/5 Oct 28, 2013 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Fa ridire, commuove, ma annoia e infastidisce anche. Di certo non "magnifico". Anzi la sensazione è di aver visto un film in cui sono messi assieme a forza pezzi e racconti dissonanti tra loro. Il risultato è instabile, con scene prevedibili, a volte senza senso (la cosca di Platinette!?). Tutto sembra slegato e confuso. Pessima scrittura insomma che fa affondare il film nella mediocrità. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/27/23 Full Review Audience Member Brilliant little gem from Ozpetek. Romantic and bittersweet delight. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Lo stile particolare di Ferzan Ozpetek! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/02/23 Full Review Audience Member An interesting story but with a rather weak finish - note: inflight Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Audience Member Onirico e pazzoide, scatenato ed irriverente. Insomma, uno dei classici film di Ozpetek. Come sempre spara il riferimento all'omosessualità (ormai un marchio di fabbrica credo) e altre gag divertenti (seppure in maniera minore rispetto ai suoi ultimi film). Riuscito, ma poteva essere molto di più. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Audience Member Ferzan Ozpetekâ(TM)s latest film is a modern ghost story, with its protagonist a young gay man (an actor-to-be), only this time, the sexual orientation drama leaves its spotlight to the haunting possession of a big family of dead theatrical actors who are trapped in an old house and disconnected from the real world, eager to find out who is the whistleblower imputed to their tragic death during the WWII. MAGNIFICENT PRESENCE has a resourceful collection of fodder, such as romance, haunted house, ghost retribution, gay-transvestite subculture, war-time friction, light comedy and so on, two dozens of characters at hand to deploy with, but the film never quite find its centre of gravity, it leaves many loose ends which frustratingly no one minds to care. But eventually it can pass on as a moderate piece of work thanks to Elio Germano, this promising leading man in the recent Italian film scene, is the worthy saviour, he has won BEST ACTOR in Cannes 2010 for LA NOSTRA VITA (tied with Javier Bardem for BIUTIFUL). Elio owns the entire film, injecting a quirky laid-back energy into his character while grappling with heterogeneous accidents and happenings around him (an eerie transvestite/transexual sweatshop with an obese kingpin is the wackiest among them all), his innocuous look and infantile personality renders the film a whiff of fairytale evocation. Anna Proclemer, a veteran Italian actress in her late 80s, takes on a key role which will solve all the mystery, has successfully exuded a fierce body of work in her limited stint. Otherwise, all the other supporting roles are more or less underdeveloped (including an ever-so-graceful Margherita Buy and a scene-stealer Mauro Coruzzi, a middle-aged transvestite). I have watched quite a lot films from Ozpetek (arguably he is my favourite current Italian director though he is Turkish), the best ones are LOOSE CANNONS (2010, 8/10), SATURN IN OPPOSITION (2007, 8/10), FACING WINDOWS (2003, 8/10) and THE IGNORANT FAIRIES (2001, 8/10), MAGNIFICENT PRESENCE by comparison, has to degrade itself as a less achiever, but against all odds, Elio Germano and Anna Proclemer are the newcomers on my top 10 list this year (BEST LEADING ACTOR, BEST S. ACTRESS). Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Movie Info

      Synopsis An aspiring actor (Elio Germano) discovers that his spacious new apartment comes complete with eight friendly ghosts.
      Director
      Ferzan Ozpetek
      Producer
      Domenico Procacci
      Screenwriter
      Federica Pontremoli, Ferzan Ozpetek
      Production Co
      Fandango, RAI Cinema
      Genre
      Comedy
      Original Language
      Italian
      Runtime
      1h 42m