Sight and Sound - 03/01/2005
"Smith's performance is terrific, nicely judged poignancy seeping through her garrulous grande-dame exterior..."
Based on the novella by William Trevor, MY HOUSE IN UMBRIA is set in the sprawling Italian countryside. After a tragic train accident, four survivors find solace in the villa of an English writer, Mrs. Delahunty (Maggie Smith). The other survivors--an American girl (Emmy Clarke), a British general (Ronnie Barker), and a young German (Benno Furmann)--struggle to come to terms with the disaster, as an inspector (Giancarlo Giannini) tries to figure out exactly what happened. Eventually, the young girl's uncle (Chris Cooper) shows up, bringing the film to a climax.