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Review: Bittersweet 'Honey' takes nuanced approach to euthanasia

Review: Bittersweet 'Honey' takes nuanced approach to euthanasia

Whether she's trysting with her married lover or helping other people die, the title character of "Honey" is a fascinating and complex figure, and Jasmine Trinca inhabits the role with a detached intensity that's thoroughly compelling.

The Italian film — the assured feature-directing debut by actress Valeria Golino, still best known to American audiences for "Rain Man" — achieves the rare feat of addressing euthanasia head-on without devolving into a dramatized treatise or a button-pushing issue movie.

The nuanced character study concerns Irene, a tomboyish beauty and medical school dropout who lives alone in a beach town near Rome. Adopting the...

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