|Directed by||Sergio Castellitto|
|Produced by||Sergio Castellitto
|Screenplay by||Sergio Castellitto
|Story by||Margaret Mazzantini|
|Running time||127 minutes|
- Penélope Cruz as Gemma
- Emile Hirsch as Diego
- Adnan Haskovic as Gojko
- Saadet Aksoy as Aska
- Pietro Castellitto as Pietro
- Mira Furlan as Velida
- Jane Birkin as Psychologist
- Sergio Castellitto as Giuliano
- Branko Djuric as Doctor
- Isabelle Adriani as Giornalista
Oft-married Gemma visits Sarajevo with her only child, Pietro. The two of them had escaped the city sixteen years ago, just days after his birth during the Bosnian War. Diego, her second husband and Pietro's father, remained behind and later died. As they travel with her wartime friend Gojco, she tries to repair her relationship with Pietro, asking her third husband (by phone) if she should tell Pietro that she did not give birth to him. Gemma is later stunned by the revelation that Pietro's real mother, Aska, is still alive and married to Gojco. Aska reveals that, contrary to Gemma's long held belief, Diego was not Pietro's father, as she had been a sex slave to a garrison of the Serb Volunteer Guard. Gemma must face loss, the cost of war and the redemptive power of love.
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The film received negative critic reviews. It holds an 18% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 22 reviews.
About the film, The Hollywood Reporter wrote, "Dripping with floridly phony dialogue that no actor should be forced to speak, this paternity mystery uses the Bosnian conflict as the manipulative backdrop to a preposterously overwrought and overlong melodrama."[verification needed] Variety added that the film had "little to offer beyond some pitiful twists."[verification needed] Screen International went on to write, "director Sergio Castellitto’s adaptation of Margaret Mazzantini’s novel leaves no cliché unturned, yearning for big emotions that are consistently flattened by the lumbering storytelling."[verification needed]
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