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Cast

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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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The title refers to the back page of a popular 1950s Italian magazine which had a section devoted to old jokes that were no longer funny but still evoked a sense of nostalgia. One such joke is repeated throughout the film: "How do you get four elephants in a Fiat?" The answer: "Two in front and two in back". 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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Era de maggio
Written by S. Di Giacomo and P.M. Costa
Performed by Mario Testa
Courtesy of Bideri-Gennarelli
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Ambitious, and often successful, study of brotherhood and change
14 September 2010 | by (US) – See all my reviews

Beautifully photographed, and mostly very well acted (with a few over-the-top moments), this is a complex, odd, and often fascinating look at the relationship between two brothers in Italy.

It shows one day in their life each year between 1958 and 1964, avoiding movie convention by not filling in the details of what's gone on during the time in between. It's left to us to figure out, or imagine.

While brave and challenging, the characters never fully develop, sometimes feeling more sketchy and symbolic than full blooded.

Early on I thought I might be watching a masterpiece, but as it went on, I felt (to quote Chicago Reader critic Jonathan Rosenberg) 'guilty for not liking it more'. Still, a strong and original enough film that I'd like to revisit it one day, and see if it grows even deeper on 2nd viewing.


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