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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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Giulia Monfalco
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Carlo Tommasi
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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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$7,490 (USA) (4 March 2005)

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$254,224 (USA) (1 July 2005)
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Goofs

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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Connections

Follows La vita che verrà (1999) See more »

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Oblivion
by Astor Piazzolla
Performed by Astor Piazzolla (bandoneon solo) and orchestra
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It is a miracle: perfect screenplay, excellent actors!
2 September 2004 | by (Cologne (Germany)) – See all my reviews

"La Meglio Gioventù" is an hymn to Italy and the Italian people! It is our history and belongs to our culture. The story takes place on a period of 37 years, from 1966 to 2003, highlighting some momentous events of our country, which moulded in a way our spirit: the flooding in Florence in 1966, the terrorist fight in the '70s, the World Championship of 1982 (which led to the victory of the Italian team), the killing of Judge Falcone in 1992, and so on.

The mixture of intelligent screenplay, wise direction and supreme performance of the whole cast of actors makes this work an authentic miracle of our cinema. Thanks to this masterpiece, Marco Tullio Giordana enters the Gotha of Masters of the "Made in Italy" production.

I greatly enjoyed each moment of the film, from the very beginning. It is such a pleasure to our spirit and heart: I am pleased to compare it to a chalice of ambrosia offered to the lips of gods! I think this metaphor can easily convey the effect the vision of the motion picture produced to me. But I do not want to mislead the other readers by giving the idea it is a comedy: the film is quite dramatic and sometimes you can perceive it as a documentary.

The combined effect of intelligence and sensitiveness to the story makes you feel good and proud to belong to the country able to offer such a pearl!


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