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Romance & Cigarettes (2007)

Romance & Cigarettes

Overview


Genre

Musical, Romance

Release Date

September 07, 2007 (NY)

MPAA Rating

R

Duration

115 min.

Studio

MGM

REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  4 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

John Turturro

Producer

John Penotti, John Turturro

Screenwriter

John Turturro

Starring

Story


"Romance & Cigarettes" is a down-and-dirty musical love story set in the world of the working class. Nick (Gandolfini) is an ironworker who builds and repairs bridges. He's married to Kitty (Sarandon), a dressmaker, a strong and gentle woman with whom he has three daughters. He is carrying on a torrid affair with a redheaded woman named Tula (Winslet). Nick is basically a good, hardworking man driven forward by will and blinded by his urges. Like Oedipus at Colonus, he is sent into exile and searches to find his way back through the damage he has done. In an imaginative, humorous, and touching way, "Romance & Cigarettes" explores the cost and value of a relationship through life and death. When the characters can no longer express themselves with language, they break into song, lip-synching the tunes lodged in their subconscious. It is their way to escape the harsh reality of their world -- to dream, to remember, and to connect to another human being.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..probably one of the quirkiest and most endearing comedies of the last few years..”
by Joe Utichi [FilmFocus]
“..a boldly quirky comedy/drama/musical about a fractured marriage in working-class Queens..”
by Jack Mathews [NY Daily News]
“..a hodgepodge of terrific musical set-pieces, uncorraled ambition, strong performances, salty dialogue and plodding sub-plots that works in fits and starts but never quite gels..”
by Ian Freer [Empire Magazine]