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5.38 /10
Carlo Delle Piane, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Silvana De Santis
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Directed by: Ermanno Olmi, Abbas Kiarostami, Ken Loach
Written by: Ermanno Olmi, Abbas Kiarostami, Paul Laverty

Released: 2005
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: Italy/ UK
Colour: C
Length: 109

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Tickets has a stylistic unity many other portmanteau pictures lack. Each film-maker is working under exactly the same constraints. Characters and motifs recur from episode to episode. Olmi, Kiarostami and Loach may not be at full throttle, but even if these are likely to be seen as minor works, this is a surprisingly upbeat and enjoyable journey...Olmi uses close-ups and flashbacks to create a lyrical, dreamy atmosphere. Though he skirts close to mawkishness, he is helped immeasurably by Carlo Delle Piane's wry, gently humorous performance... Kiarostami's episode creates a memorable grotesque in the shape of an overbearing, overweight middle-aged woman (Silvana De Santis), a Euro-version of Hyacinth Bucket, who treats everyone she meets with contempt. After her histrionics, it's a relief to be introduced to Loach's protagonists: three rowdy Celtic fans on their way to Rome for a Champions' League match. Wittily scripted by Loach's regular collaborator Paul Laverty, boasting a very lively performance from Martin Compston (also seen in Loach's Sweet Sixteen) this episode manages to touch on such topics as racism and the plight of illegal immigrants without ever losing its zest.

(Geoffrey McNab, Guardian)

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