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Così ridevano (1998)

 -  Drama  -  2 October 1998 (Italy)
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Turin at the end of the fifties: two brothers have emigrated there from Sicily and the older works very hard to let the younger study and free himself from poverty through culture. The boy ... See full summary »

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Giovanni
Francesco Giuffrida ...
Pietro
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Pelaia
Calogero Caruana ...
Amico di Giovanni
Roberto Marzo ...
Amico di Giovanni
Davide Negro ...
Amico di Giovanni
Giorgio Pittau ...
Amico di Giovanni
Pasqualino Vona ...
Amico di Giovanni
Giuseppe Zarbano ...
Amico di Giovanni
Giuliano Spadaro ...
Padre della famiglia foggiana
Patrizia Marino ...
Madre foggiana
Giuseppe Sangari ...
Figlio
Francesca Monchiero ...
Figlia
Giorgia Scuderi ...
Assuntina
Salvatore Refano ...
Il vecchio siciliano
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Turin at the end of the fifties: two brothers have emigrated there from Sicily and the older works very hard to let the younger study and free himself from poverty through culture. The boy however is not keen on school and would like to begin to work. When after some time he gets his degree however things take a violent and dramatic turn...... Written by Salvatore santangelo <pappagone2@libero.it>

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$10,210 (USA) (23 November 2001)

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$44,286 (USA) (22 March 2002)
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Despite winning the top prize at the Venice Film Festival, Gianni Amelio still had to wait over three years before he saw his film released in the US. See more »

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Giovanni: You think your children are your own, then they learn to walk and they leave you. Know what they say back home? "Raise hogs, 'cause then you can eat them"
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References Rocco and His Brothers (1960) See more »

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Un buco nella sabbia
Written by Alberto Testa and Piero Soffici
Performed by Mina
Courtesy of Mascheroni Edizioni Musicali Srl
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the way families are
17 June 2002 | by (seattle, WA) – See all my reviews

The Way We Laughed works best as a study of familial obligation. The assumptions that "Blood" result in, the mendacity that can occur only within the structure of brotherly (sisterly/fatherly, etc.) expectation, and the assumption (or non-assumption) of responsibilities that either lie in the character, or despite the character. There's some good stuff about class urban/mainland prejudice included in the film, and some comments about the nature of intelligence. All told via a narrative structure that I find particularly pleasing. By skipping from year to year, we see growth and change, but there's a certain amount of work that we need to do to fill in the intervening spaces. This film makes that work worth it, although near the end I found myself wondering how long it would go on.


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