The life goes by quickly. What remains at the end? Are we happy and proud, when we look back to our life? Did we have used it as best as we can, or did we waste it simply? Did we reach our goals? Will we have still enough time to fulfil our biggest dreams? What will remain when we are gone finally? Rory MacNeil (Brian Cox) must deal with these questions in The Etruscan Smile.
Rory MacNeil (Brian Cox) has spent his entire life on the isolated Hebridean island of Vallasay. His physical condition forces him to leave his beloved home to seek medical treatment. Thus, Rory goes to San Francisco where his son Ian lives with his family. However, over the years, the rugged old Scotsman has become estranged from Ian (JJ Feild). Therefore, it’s hard for him to get a relation to his son in contrast to his baby Jamie. Rory develops a tight bond with his grandson. Besides, he falls in love with the attractive woman Claudia. Because of her and Jamie, the oddball discovers completely new sides of himself. Moreover, he realizes that a smile even outlasts death when one has really lived.
RORY MACNEILL (BRIAN COX)
The Etruscan Smile stars British actor Brian Cox as Rory MacNeil. Heartwarming, the acclaimed Scottish actor plays the tradition-consciousness’ man who tries to leave his grandson something special. With a wonderful calmness, a beautiful sense of humor and a phenomenal expressiveness, Cox confers the role depth, warmth and power.
In each second, the Commander of the British Empire performs very authentically. He allows us, to laugh and feel with Rory MacNeill. Certainly, its Cox’s best movie until today. No matter whether in Braveheart, Rob Roy, Troy, X-Men, The Bourne Supremacy, and many other movies, he played superb always. But, in the Etruscan Smile Brian Cox enters a very new stage of acting.
TRUTH, TRUST & HONESTY – INTERVIEW WITH BRIAN COX
What Brian Cox thinks about values, traditions and his role in the Etruscan Smile he explained to VALEUR editor and actress Larissa Sophie Römer.
CLAUDIA (ROSANNA ARQUETTE)
In the Etruscan Smile American actress Rosanna Arquette stars as Claudia. The educated elegant and attractive woman is a perfect counterpart to the quirky and rough Scottish man who falls in love with her.
Arquette comes from an artist family with partially Polish and Russian roots. Her sister Patricia and her brother David are also famous actors. Rosanna Arquette starred in Desperately Seeking Susan alongside with Madonna. Furthermore, Arquette played in Nowhere to Run, The Big Blue, and, of course, in Pulp Fiction, to name just a few.
However, while Rosanna Arquette performs Claudia, a curator of an art museum in The Etruscan Smile, she is a committed activist in real life. More about herself, and what she thinks about truth and honesty she tells us in the interview with our reporter and model Larissa Sophie Römer.
INTERVIEW WITH ROSANNA ARQUETTE
IAN MACNEILL (JJ Feild)
The Etruscan Smile stars British-American actor JJ Feild as Ian MacNeil. Ian hasn’t any good relation to his father. He accuses him of having used too much pressure on him when he was a child. However, Rory accuses his son of having denied his roots. The Etruscan Smile deals with this conflict, which escalates due to the family of Ian’s wife Emily (Thora Birch) and his work as molecular cook.
JJ Feild shows a brilliant performance. The actor embodies an adult man who would love to be the kid which loves his dad. But, it’s probably too late. Emotional and very authentic Feild touches the hearts of the audience.
However, Feild performs his character with passion and that certain something which is rarely to find on the big screen. He was already seen there in K-19: The Widowmaker, Death on the Nile, Waking the Dead, Captain America: The First Avenger, Professor Marston & The Wonder Woman.
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THE ETRUSCAN SMILE – RESUME
The Etruscan Smile is a wonderful film, which makes us laugh and cry at the same time. Emotions, depth, humor, tragedy; everything is combined perfectly. Never with a moralizing undertone, The Etruscan Smile deals with traditions, forgiveness, authenticity and values. Moreover, it’s a movie about family, the bond between generations and the wish to bequest something special very personal to them.
The mix of sadness and humor is brilliant as well as the cast. Above all, Brian Cox and JJ Feild perform superb. Rosanna Arquette is the cherry on the cake. All of them touches the hearts. Furthermore, they open the minds and let us leave the cinema with a positive feeling. This special feeling could remain for a while after watching The Etruscan Smile.
The contrasts between the idyllic island of Vallasay and the big town of San Francisco, the great pictures and the beautiful score make the film perfect.
Thus, all those who want to watch a romantic, heartwarming film will be enchanted by The Etruscan Smile. Therefore, our resume is:
Text & Photos Premiere: Marco Kokkot
Text Interview: Marco Kokkot, Larissa Sophie Römer
Interview: Larissa Sophie Römer
Film Images: Constantin Film
Video (Interviews): maz@movie
Post Production: Maria José Rosales, Anja Marb