The Tiger and the Snow

Released 2005


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The Tiger and the Snow

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Roberto Benigni
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The Tiger and the Snow (La Tigre e la neve) is a 2005 comedy film brought to you by actor-director Roberto Benigni (Life is Beautiful, The Monster). In short, the film carries an underlying message of "Love Conquers All'. Attilio de Giovanni (Roberto Benigni) is a romantic poet who teaches literature as a college professor. He frequently dreams about being with a woman he has fallen in love with - Vittoria (Nicoletta Braschi - Benigni's real wife), a traveling journalist. Sadly, his excessive attempts to court her fail miserably. Vittoria soon leaves the country for work in Iraq where she is to document the life of a poet named Fuad (Jean Reno). Despite political upheaval in the Middle East, Attilio follows Vittoria to Iraq and makes every effort to win her attention. That is not to say he doesn't make an absolute fool of himself during the process. The Tiger and the Snow was most likely subliminally created as a sequel to Life is Beautiful. Benigni accurately portrays human faults but doesn't force his audience to engage on an intellectual level - instead, he creates a simple story which is very relatable. Two thumbs up.moreless

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  • 60

    Variety Deborah Young

    Like an Iraq-war mirror image of "Life Is Beautiful," actor-director Roberto Benigni's The Tiger and the Snow re-runs the successful structure and comic persona of the 1998 Oscar-w...

  • 0

    The New York Times Jeannette Catsoulis

    A scorching affront to Italians, Iraqis and the intelligence of movie audiences everywhere.

  • 0

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    It doesn't seem possible that a film with both the formidable Reno and Waits could be all bad, but The Tiger and the Snow is precisely so.

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Comedy, Drama


Love & Romance, Foreign Language