For Roseanna, This film is one of those wonderful hidden gems that restore your faith in both film making and storytelling.The opening premise is that a mans’wife is soon to die from an incurable disease and that her last wish is to be buried in the village church graveyard. Unfortunately there is just one plot left!
Naturally there are a number of other villagers even closer to deaths’ door.The husband, Marcello,is brilliantly played by Jean Reno. He delivers a virtuoso performance which carries the film dashing around saving the lives of other villagers in order that his wife can secure the last plot! Part romantic comedy, part farce, part love story, part tragedy, this superbly crafted tale had me laughing and holding back a tear in equal measure.
The farce scenes rival Feydeau at his best in the likes of ‘Hotel Paradiso’, slapstick with style. Yet Reno as Marcelo, ably assisted by his comic “sraight” partner, Mercedes Ruehl as his wife Roseanna, also produces a pathos for the tragic circumstances which underscore his credentials as a very fine actor.Unmissable. A real treat.