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The Best of Youth (2003)

La meglio gioventù (original title)
An Italian epic that follows the lives of two brothers, from the 1960s to the 2000s.

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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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20 June 2003 (Italy)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$254,224 (USA) (1 July 2005)
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(two parts) | (4 episodes) (TV)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

In the scene where Nicola and Matteo meet again in Nicola's office after Giorgia has been found, they lay their right hand on each others shoulder. Nicola's hand is transferred from Matteo's one shoulder to the other in the close-up. 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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Connections

References Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

Aria
from "Aquilarco"
Written by Giovanni Sollima
Courtesy of Casa Musicale Sonzogno, Milan, Italy
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A joy to watch
31 December 2004 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

I've just finished watching this gripping film. I was on the Gothenbeug Film festival, but I did not see it. The 6,5 hours were a daunting prospect. On Swedish telly the divided in into 4 parts which were shown 4 days in a row. It is one of those series where one is longing for the next episode, I found myself pondering about the film, the characters all day. So many things has been said already in other reviews which I don't have to repeat I just say watch this lowly very slowly unfolding slice of life and Italian history. If it doesn't move you you will have to have a heart of stone. Excellent acting, wonderful photos, lots of atmosphere.....


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