Director: Giuseppe Tornatore. Cast:: Tim Roth, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Bill Nunn, Clarence Williams III. 120 min. Rated R. Drama. Italy.
I'm not sure this Tornatore flick works. The famed director's familiar elements of endless nostalgia pouring out of a source that is ruined by the end (in Cinema Paradiso the theater, in Malena the village lady) are again present here in the form of an ocean liner; but the character that embodies this nostalgia (Tim Roth, a pianist who's been in the ship since he was born) has some significant flaws, making the viewer confused: Is he a hero, or a loser? Some great musical sequences, but Roth's ending speech creates an anti-climax to the film, rather than a climax.