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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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Storyline

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)

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$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 »

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Despite what is suggested in the movie, electroshock therapy (ECT) is a rather safe and usually necessary step for treatment of some psychiatric patients. The procedure is done under anesthesia, almost always accompanied by muscle relaxants. The only reason the procedure could be considered barbaric is that it is performed without the anesthesia, in which case the institute should be tried for giving electroshock to conscious patients and not the ECT altogether. See more »

Quotes

Sicilian Commissario: What were you looking for, joining the Police?
Matteo Carati: I wanted some rules.
Sicilian Commissario: And what do you do, with these rules?
Matteo Carati: I apply them
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Features The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964) See more »

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Aria
from "Aquilarco"
Written by Giovanni Sollima
Courtesy of Casa Musicale Sonzogno, Milan, Italy
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A treasure - 6 moving hours of forgetting yourself
9 November 2003 | by (Moscow, Russia) – See all my reviews

Having just returned at 2 am from a festival showing of the movie that started at 5:30, I still can think of nothing but looking for anything and everything about this exceptional film that I came across more or less by accident. I can only sum up two points: it is an excellent yet easy-going overview of recent Italian history, and a truly moving, in an unbanal and unstereotypical, unpopcorny way, movie about the value of friendship, closeness, family. This film makes you want to live, to cherish the people you love and to be aware of the consequences of your acts. City living makes sour cynics out of teenage optimists (I'd count myself in until now), and this one is a lesson of keeping the best of yourself throughout life. A true inspiration! Bravo.


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