The Best of Youth (2003)
"La meglio gioventù" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  22 June 2003 (Italy)
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An Italian epic that follows the lives of two brothers, from the 1960s to the 2000s.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Giulia Monfalco
Mirella Utano
Carlo Tommasi
Giorgia Esposti
Andrea Utano
Andrea Tidona ...
Angelo Carati
Francesca Carati
Camilla Filippi ...
Sara Carati
Giovanna Carati
Vitale Micavi
Paolo Bonanni ...
Giovanni Scifoni ...
Stefano Abbati ...


Nicola and Matteo Carati are two brothers of Rome, who live the years from 1966 to 2000 and all the events which have signed this period. They begin their adventure, helping Giorgia, a young girl confined in an asylum. Then, after the flood of Florence, Nicola meets Giulia a talented piano player with a dangerous sympathy for the BR. Matteo, a rebel spirit entered in the police, will find the optimistic photographer Mirella. These four characters and many others will cross the years of terrorism and Tangentopoli. Written by ltj36

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Rated R for language and brief nudity | See all certifications »


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$7,490 (USA) (4 March 2005)


$254,224 (USA) (1 July 2005)

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Originally developed as a miniseries for television. It was then released in cinemas in June 2003 as two three-hour films after the uncut six-hour version had been screened to great acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival. Because of the films's success, it was eventually shown on Italian TV as originally intended, in 4 parts, in November 2003. See more »


In the scene where Mirella is driving the boat out of Sicily, the bottom of another white boat can be seen when the camera focuses on Andrea. See more »


Sicilian Commissario: What were you looking for, joining the Police?
Matteo Carati: I wanted some rules.
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Matteo Carati: I apply them
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Beautiful Film
27 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's hard not to feel like an "easy" grader to give this film a 10, given that it is the very simple story of a family over 4 decades, no quirky writing or the eccentricities of "indie" films - just beautiful scenery, characters that move us and that we care about, and a sweet and believable story. The acting is excellent.

To say this is a miniseries is misleading and adds the impression of a "cheese" factor that is not present. There is a reason that this film has been taken from the small screen and released in theaters - I didn't even know it had been a miniseries until I read some of the comments here.

The story is simple but it is not trite; we may not have a huge number of surprises and no amazing plot twists and contortions but it is an emotional, moving, satisfying story.

The most moving part of the story is the love and connectedness between the characters, and how this is expressed - here in the U.S. physical display of platonic affection is virtually non-existent, unless you count athletes hitting each other on the rear. You can tell these characters really care for each other.

I sat for the second three hours today with people who sat through the first three hours with me yesterday. Some yesterday just got back in line for part 2. There was a line waiting to get in today - all people who had seen part 1 already.

Saying this movie is like Zelig as someone here did is false and insulting. We couldn't tell a story about a U.S. family that spans the 60's to the present without mentioning Viet Nam or Watergate or 9/11, so this story of course mentions events internal to Italy during that time. The historical events are a backdrop to the story, not the story itself.

The story is about this family, and we care about what happens to them. We become engaged, we sit and watch and laugh and cry with them. That's what movies are supposed to do.

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