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A Five Star Life(Viaggio sola)

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Italy · 2013
1h 25m
Director Maria Sole Tognazzi
Starring Margherita Buy, Stefano Accorsi, Fabrizia Sacchi, Gianmarco Tognazzi
Genre Drama, Romance

Single and middle-aged, Irene is wholly devoted to her job as an inspector of luxury hotels. Constantly alone and on the road, she indulges in expensive pleasures before escaping to the next exotic destination. But when she suddenly loses Andrea, her best friend and source of emotional support, Irene is thrown into a deep existential crisis.

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San Francisco Chronicle by

All in all, though, A Five Star Life (which was a hit in Italy) remains a hard film to dislike, and many will savor the fabulous locations where Irene arrives as a "mystery guest."


Variety by Andrew Barker

Maria Sole Tognazzi’s ultra-sedate romantic comedy A Five Star Life is full of aesthetic sophistication and luxurious ambiance, but its pleasures are all secondhand, and the whole endeavor is too starved of incident to really stick in the memory.


Slant Magazine by Chuck Bowen

The director diligently keeps her heroine's ego in check, and that's awfully principled of her, but her audience may feel as if they've inadvertently booked a trip with no destination.


The Dissolve by Jen Chaney

A Five Star Life steers away from pat answers and stereotypically Hollywood conclusions, a narrative direction that’s all the more refreshing with a woman in the lead role. But in its second half, Tognazzi’s movie derails as it starts trying to hammer home its points with too much force.

75 by Odie Henderson

A Five Star Life shows something not often seen in American cinema, at least in films that aren’t police procedurals: It shows an ordinary citizen doing her job.


Los Angeles Times by Sheri Linden

Director Maria Sole Tognazzi gently explores what it means to be unmarried, middle-aged and female. She illuminates a seldom-seen line of work, bathes her flawed characters in affection, and makes points both obvious and astute, soft-pedaling her insights with celebratory travelogue touches.

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