Based on the bestselling novel by José Luis Sampedro (La Sonrisa Etrusca), The Etruscan Smile – which is a MUCH better title than what distribution chose.
Perhaps flawed, but it is a heartwarming movie worth seeing. I think the spirit of the movie outweighs any negatives.
It’s a quiet film, full of pain, love, life, and death that highlights generational divides.
It has a trump card in Cox, who holds it together with the excellence of his acting.
Rory, a rugged Scotsman, reluctantly leaves his beloved Hebridean island and travels to San Francisco to seek medical treatment. Moving in with his estranged son, Rory sees his life transformed through a newly found bond with his grandson.
A fairly straightforward family drama that’s surprisingly funny about connecting with your roots on both sides of the equation. Despite its flaws with editing, it overshadows almost all of that by keeping a legitimate emotional heft that never feels overdone or sappy. Brian Cox delivers something nuanced and effective with his hometown Scottish brogue that shouldn’t be a surprise if you don’t forget that it’s literally where he’s from despite years of seeing him do American English without a hitch.
Note to above: cutest film baby EVER……
It’s a heartwarming story with the bittersweet ending that isn’t really a spoiler with the end result being told early on. Putting this kind of frame on the whole thing allows you to just appreciate the little cute moments more, along with the lessons learned feeling that much more satisfying.
USA 2018, 107 min, rated M (offensive language & sexual references)
Directed by Mihal Brezis & Oded Binnun
Starring Brian Cox, JJ Feild, Thora Birch, Rosanna Arquette, Peter Coyote & Treat Williams