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My Brother Is an Only Child (2007)
"Mio fratello è figlio unico" (original title)

 -  Comedy | Crime | Drama  -  20 April 2007 (Italy)
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Two brothers come of age in a small Italian town in the '60s and '70s.

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Two brothers come of age in the 1960s in a town south of Rome. Manrico is handsome, sometimes feckless, a leftist making the revolution. His younger brother Accio ("Bully") is a seminarian when the story beings, soon home studying Latin and joining the Fascists. Francesca, an aristocratic student, becomes Manrico's lover and Accio's friend. Over the next ten years, these three experience family, love, attraction, politics, and the challenges of adult responsibility. Subplots include Nastri, a father figure and political guide to Accio, Nastri's wife Bella who guides Accio in other ways, and the brothers' parents and sister, who are dazzled by Manrico's charm while depending on Accio. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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latin | 1960s | love | politics | fascist | See more »

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Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »
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20 April 2007 (Italy)  »

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Mio fratello è figlio unico  »

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Budget:

€5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,357 (USA) (28 March 2008)

Gross:

$251,004 (USA) (18 July 2008)
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The conversations with some fascists of the suburbs around Rome has inspired Daniele Luchetti for the lines of Luca Zingaretti's character. See more »

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Good enough, but not quite magnifico...
21 August 2013 | by See all my reviews

Now, I like Communists... And I like Fascists... But which is better? There's only one way to find out... FIGHT!! Aside from the murky (and often boring) world of which following espoused the higher ideals, the two Italian brothers featured here have the usual conflicts... which is tougher, who deserves the most space and above all... who gets the girl.

Yep, it's the age old tale, told through the eyes of the black sheep, irresponsible younger sibling, whose straight-laced, serious brother is adored by everyone... except by him. Hmm... I can relate (somewhat). From where they both are at the start though, you'd never guess where their separate fates lie... Seriously, give it a go, and I bet you're incorrect.

Italians have always had a great capacity for emotion, as is seen here... I haven't seen one person slapped so many time since that occasion I told the young ladies outside the changing room I was the breast inspector. Honestly, you try to do a public service...

My personal woes aside though, this is an engaging enough piece, especially when the love/hate pair are on screen, because the supporting cast have a tendency to be underwritten. It didn't grab my attention the way some other European films ( More specifically, French ones) have of late, but if its any consolation I'd rather have a plate of spaghetti than frogs legs any day. C'est la vie. 6/10


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