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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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Mirella Utano
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Carlo Tommasi
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Giorgia Esposti
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Angelo Carati
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Francesca Carati
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Sara Carati
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Giovanna Carati
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Vitale Micavi
Paolo Bonanni ...
Luigino
Giovanni Scifoni ...
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Stefano Abbati ...
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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

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

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$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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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

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Midnight sun does not take place in November (1966 - beginning of the film) nor during spring (2003 - end of the film), but is visible at the Arctic Circle only from June 12 until July 1. See more »

Quotes

Sara Carati, adult: What should I do?
Nicola Carati: I don't know, it depends on how strong you feel... Are you happy now?
Sara Carati, adult: Of course I am!
Nicola Carati: Then, it's time to be generous
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Referenced in Trust the Man (2005) See more »

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Sonatine,
1st movement: Modéré (F-sharp minor), by Maurice Ravel (M. 40)
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A masterpiece of cinema art!
24 March 2005 | by (Santa Monica, CA) – See all my reviews

Can art transform life? If so, I would elect "The Best of Youth" as a primary candidate for that possibility.

Almost never in my over 60 years of film viewing have I been as deeply affected, haunted by characterizations, poetic dialog and brilliantly unexpected turns...and breadth of scope. The nuances of relationship between people...in this case the Italian family Carati, their lovers, friends, wards...are so moving, so deeply portrayed and inhabited by the actors that I was not only moved to tears, but inspired. Here is a view of how human beings can live the humanity so desperately needed in this crazed and warring world...also presented as an integral part of plot and interaction...and this done without any sort of didactic or polemic foisting...All achieved through the intimate and profound struggles of the film's characters.

Imagination and the incredible sensibility of director (Marco Tullio Giordana),writers (Petraglia and Rulli) and actors (most outstanding: Luigi LoCacio, Alessio Boni, Adriana Asti and Jasmine Trinca) combine to offer a film that carried this participant (for that's what I felt) into a realm only experienced by exceptional literature.

As is obvious...I highly recommend seeing this movie.


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