Rose Island Parent Guide
This film is remarkably mediocre - and I don't mean that in a bad way.
Parent Movie Review
Although he’s just received his certification as an engineer, Giorgio Rosa (Elio Germano) is not satisfied, even when he lands a prestigious job as part of the mechanic crew on an elite race team. Giorgio wants to build something unique, something that will allow him to be completely free…something like an independent island built in international waters off the coast of Italy.
Never one to let a good idea go to waste, Giorgio gets to work building his island, and although the construction isn’t easy, he finally completes Rose Island in 1968. Then Giorgio learns that not everyone is excited about the world’s newest country.
The Italian government, especially Internal Affairs minister Franco Restivo (Fabrizio Bentivoglio), have a vested interest in preventing Rose Island from ever achieving the sovereignty Giorgio imagined, and they’ll go to any lengths to get their way…
Although most of us have never heard of Rose Island, the film is based on a true story. Giorgio Rosa really did build a 4,300 square foot platform in the Adriatic and try to establish an independent nation. Although I doubt this movie ranks high in terms of historical accuracy, it is an interesting introduction to a relatively uncommon aspect of international history.
Accurate or not, a successful film needs authentic characters and some sense of storytelling. Rose Island has both – mostly. The pacing is rather slow, and the characters are basically clichés, but they do manage to be surprisingly charming. This isn’t something you could call a high-intensity adventure.
As far as parents are concerned, Rose Island is unlikely to be a top pick for educational cinema. Apart from the liberties taken with history, there are rather more profanities than you’d expect in family-friendly films. Surprisingly enough, despite the famed European casualness towards nudity, there’s none here - I’m willing to call that a Christmas miracle. On the other hand, there is a fair bit of casual drinking. Given that the protagonist is essentially running an offshore beach club, it’s not much of a surprise.
Rose Island is remarkably mediocre. I don’t mean that entirely in a bad way, the flick is competently made, and the actors all seem to be doing a fine job. But nothing about it is exemplary or stands out from the pack. It’s not boring, but it won’t extract more than passing interest from your average audience – unless they hate subtitles in which case this Italian language film is a non-starter. I’m just going to chalk this up as another one of those movies that I feel like I watched on a plane, and will never think about it again. I suppose there are worse ways to spend an hour and a half.Directed by Sydney Sibilia. Starring Matilda De Angelis, Tom Wlaschiha, and François Cluzet. Running time: 117 minutes. Theatrical release December 9, 2020. Updated February 26, 2021
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Rating & Content Info
Why is Rose Island rated TV-14? Rose Island is rated TV-14 by the MPAA
Violence: There is a motorcycle crash, but no serious injuries occur. A man is punched in the side of the head. Several people are shot at.
Sexual Content: There are occasional discussions about sexual topics, but these are not explicit. A woman is shown in her underwear while she gets dressed. A character is pregnant out of wedlock.
Profanity: There are 15 uses of extreme profanity, 9 uses of scatological profanity, and frequent terms of deity and mild profanity.
Alcohol / Drug Use: One character is depicted as an alcoholic and is frequently seen intoxicated. Other adult individuals are shown drinking in a social setting.
Page last updated February 26, 2021
Rose Island Parents' Guide
Why was the Italian government so opposed to Rose Island? What were the legal implications for the world? What could some of the consequences have been? Do you think the Italian government responded appropriately? How was their response different in the film? Why did the UN and other international bodies respond the way they did?
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