8.5/10
17,782
92 user 70 critic

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.

On Disc

at Amazon

33 wins & 24 nominations. See more awards »
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Giulia Monfalco
...
...
...
...
Andrea Utano
Andrea Tidona ...
Angelo Carati
...
Francesca Carati
Camilla Filippi ...
...
Giovanna Carati
...
Vitale Micavi
Paolo Bonanni ...
Luigino
Giovanni Scifoni ...
Stefano Abbati ...
Spacciatore
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The possibilities were endless...

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

| |  »

Country:

Language:

| |

Release Date:

20 June 2003 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

The Best of Youth  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

€44,759 (Italy), 22 June 2003, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,490, 6 March 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$254,224, 4 July 2005
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

,  »
Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(two parts) | (4 episodes) (TV)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Goofs

(at around 27 mins) After a caption has shown that the film is set in 1966 at the beginning and the main characters are getting into a car, a radio is heard playing the song "Might just take your life" by Deep Purple. This song was released in 1974. 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
See more »

Connections

References The Party (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Catherine et Jim
Written by Georges Delerue
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

The span of a lifetime in mere 360 minutes. Nice.
14 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

Man, this 6 hour Italian drama gives soap opera a very good name. Saw the film at this year's Singapore International Film Festival, whose organisers were thankfully intuitive enough to endeavour such challenging programming.

Best of youth's sprawling, epic scale depiction of love, familial ties and the strength which friendship binds, were assuredly interspersed into those 6 hours. The sweeping grandeur of its scope never overshadows the intimacy of its finely detailed characterisation. The subtle shifting of focus between characters (before unveiling the true lead character in the end) also proved to be intriguingly fruitful for the attentive audience.

The screening time hence becomes a non-issue, for it genuinely felt like a sumptuous breeze. In fact, I'm pretty sure the captivated audience on that fateful night of screening could go on for another 3 hours. Such is the allure of good story telling.

In summation, Best of youth boasts of good story, excellent performances, well placed "Godfather" references and beautiful people for the restless(if any) to ogle at. What more can a film geek (erm, me) ask for?

Fantastic movie. Go hunt for it.


95 of 111 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?
Review this title | See all 92 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Watch the Latest Episode of "The IMDb Show"

Paul Scheer lets us in on a secret in The Disaster Artist and answers your questions. Plus, we explore the origins of midnight movies and take a look at IMDb's Top 10 Stars of 2017.

Watch the show