My House in Umbria
|My House in Umbria|
|Directed by||Richard Loncraine|
|Produced by||Robert Allan Ackerman|
|Written by||William Trevor (original novel)
Hugh Whitemore (screenplay)
|Music by||Claudio Capponi|
|Editing by||Humphrey Dixon|
|Distributed by||Home Box Office|
|Running time||109 min|
My House in Umbria is a 2003 HBO made-for-television movie, based on the novella of the same name by William Trevor and published along with another novella in the volume Two Lives. The film stars Maggie Smith and was directed by Richard Loncraine.
- Maggie Smith as Mrs. Emily Delahunty
- Chris Cooper as Thomas Riversmith
- Timothy Spall as Quinty
- Emmy Clarke as Aimee
- Ronnie Barker as The General
- Benno Fürmann as Werner
- Giancarlo Giannini as Inspector Girotti
- Libero De Rienzo as Dr. Innocenti
Emily Delahunty (Maggie Smith) is an eccentric British romance novelist who lives in Umbria in central Italy. One day while travelling, the train she is on is bombed by terrorists. After she wakes up in a hospital, she invites three of the other survivors of the disaster to stay at her Italian villa for recuperation. Of these are The General, a retired British Army veteran, Werner, a young German man, and Aimee, a young American girl who has now become mute after her parents were both killed in the explosion.
As the group recovers from their ordeal (in which The General lost his daughter, and Werner lost his girlfriend and suffered considerable burns to his arm), the explosion is being investigated by Inspector Girotti, a local policeman. Responding to the warmth and kindness of Mrs Delahunty and the others, Aimee begins to speak again, while the local authorities seek out any relatives who might be able to take her in. They eventually locate her uncle, Tom Riversmith, a university professor in the U.S. He agrees to take Aimee back to the U.S. to live with his wife and himself, though they have little time for raising children and are particularly concerned about trying to raise a child who has been through such a traumatic experience as well as the Professor who had no experience raising children.
Mrs Delahunty works hard to find common ground with Aimee's uncle and eventually convinces him to leave Aimee with her in Italy rather than taking the child back to America to a loveless home. Meanwhile, Inspector Girotti discovers that Werner was involved in the terrorist attack on the train.
The plot departs substantially from that of Trevor's somber novella.
- Much of the film was made on location in Italy, including Cinecittà, Rome, Lazio, Siena, and Tuscany.
- Emmy Awards
- Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie (Smith, won)
- Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie (Cooper, nominated)
- Outstanding Made for Television Movie (nominated)
- Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special (nominated)
- Outstanding Art Direction for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special (nominated)
- Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special (nominated)
- Outstanding Costumes for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special (nominated)
- Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special (nominated)
- Outstanding Hairstyling for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special (nominated)
1 win, 9 nominations
- Golden Globes
- Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television (nominated)
- Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television (Smith, nominated)