Releases: 11th November 2010
Duration: 104 minutes
Starring: Andy Garcia, Julianna Margulies, Alan Arkin and Emily Mortimer
Director: Raymond De Felitta
The Premise>> The Rizzos, a family who doesn't share their habits, aspirations, and careers with one another, find their delicate web of lies disturbed by the arrival of a young ex-con brought home by Vince, the patriarch of the family, who is a corrections officer in real life, and a hopeful actor in private.
The Review>> What can I say? Andy Garcia you amaze me. I hadn’t thought about it before this movie, but I can’t think of a film where he wasn’t awesome. He really is a solid actor, who not only gives great performances but also pick his movies well. City Island is no exception. This is a wonderfully touching story of a man who is disillusioned with where he has got to. He dreams of being an actor, but really doesn’t believe that he can do it. Meanwhile he is surrounded by a motley bunch of a family and when he discovers another son from an earlier time, he starts down a path of lies and misunderstanding that brings forth not only drama but a lot of comedy too.
One of the things that stand out in this film is how pretty much every character in the Rizzo family smokes, but thinks that the others don’t and so they hide it from each other. Throughout the film, we see them all sneaking off to their hiding places to suck in on a cigarette without anyone else knowing.
The deeply loving yet dysfunctional family relationships bring a gritty, yet familiar reality to the story. Characters that you can’t help but finding small aspects of themselves to connect with. Each actor plays their part so well, which in some cases is not all that surprising, considering that Vivian Dominik García-Lorido, who plays the daughter of Vincent Rizzo (Andy Garcia),is in fact the actual daughter of Andy Garcia.
This film is an absolute gem that will sneak up on you unassumingly. You might not have heard about it before reading this review, but let me say, this is a must see. One scene to watch for is Andy Garcia’s character’s first movie role audition. This scene had me in hysterics and then somewhat scared.
The Conclusion>> Brilliantly funny, dramatically moving and grittily real. A must see.