Toronto International Film Festival praise for Passione
"A cinematic love letter to the swinging sounds of the Italian city of
"I was blown away by the emotions that were coming out. More than
one person left the theater humming." (Rating: A-)
"I couldn't have been more pleasantly surprised by this engaging, colorful, music-drenched journey into the musical culture of Naples. The film is a crash course in a fascinating culture overflowing with passion.
I was impressed by artist James Senese, so much so that I
looked him up and bought some of his music for my iPod after the
screening... a poetic journey through a history... It"s a lovely,
original, fascinating film with a very arthouse feel, and richly satisfying
to watch, particularly if you, as I, love music."
"Passione is a bustling documentary about the rich and varied culture
of song in Naples, covering music dating back to the 1200s. But
rather than a panel of talking heads, Mr. Turturro has captured a
series of colorful performances shot throughout the city, sometimes
framed with a bit of storytelling."