My House In Umbria, a HBO production has everything one would like to see in a good movie. The locations in Italy are absolutely enchanting. Filmed in Siena and San Casciano, they are Tuscan towns not too far from Florence. The story based on William Trevor's novella has intrigue, romance, suspense and love. Maggie Smith's performance as Mrs. Emily Delahunty, who opens up her home in Umbria to an eclectic mix of three survivors of a terrorist attack is perfect in her role.
J.J. and I are also partial to Italy so we felt it would be worth just to see the panoramic scenes of Tuscany. As a bonus, Luciana Arrighi, the production designer, is a sister of our dear friend. Luciana, an exceptionally talented Oscar winner, has a long list of achievements in production design. They include Howard's End, Remains of the Day, Sense & Sensibility and Anna and the King, just to name a few.
Aloha -- Cathi