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20 April 2007 (Italy) See more »
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Two brothers come of age in a small Italian town in the '60s and '70s. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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15 wins & 16 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Elio Germano ... Accio Benassi

Riccardo Scamarcio ... Manrico Benassi

Angela Finocchiaro ... Amelia Benassi

Massimo Popolizio ... Ettore Benassi
Ascanio Celestini ... Padre Cavalli
Diane Fleri ... Francesca

Alba Rohrwacher ... Violetta Benassi
Vittorio Emanuele Propizio ... Accio adolescent
Claudio Botosso ... Prof. Montagna

Antonino Bruschetta ... Segretario Bombacci (as Ninni Bruschetta)

Anna Bonaiuto ... Bella Nastri

Luca Zingaretti ... Mario Nastri
Pasquale Sammarco ... Padre Tosi
Lorenzo Pagani ... Bertini
Matteo Sacchi ... Ragazzo Biliardino
Gianluca Viola ... Nipoto Bombacci
Vincenzo Santillo ... Piermario
Alessandro Vicca ... Lupo
Daniela Novelli ... Francesca's Mother
Joseph Rocchia ... Francesca's Father
Angelo Tomassetta ... Factory Director
Elio De Falco ... Maresolallo Carabinieri
Giovanni Francesco Piccirillo ... Quarta Sponda
Emanuele D'Avino ... Calabrotto
Emanuele Dardo ... Muriatico
Bernardino Bernardini ... L'Umberto
Emanuele Minutello ... Peppe Di Bari
Cristiano Serino ... Orchestra Director
Enzo Ardone ... Giorgione
Fabio Colussi ... Compagno piemontese
Maria Luisa Seravesi ... Compagna piemontese
Marco Guadagno ... Impiegato assegnazione caso
Melissa Celli ... Amadeo - at 2 years
Francesco Salvatore Lodato ... Amadeo - at 5 years

Directed by
Daniele Luchetti 
 
Writing credits
Antonio Pennacchi (novel "Il Fasciocomunista")

Daniele Luchetti  story and screenplay
Sandro Petraglia  story and screenplay
Stefano Rulli  story and screenplay

Produced by
Marco Chimenz .... producer
Matteo De Laurentiis .... executive producer: Cattleya
Gina Gardini .... executive producer
Bruno Ridolfi .... line producer
Giovanni Stabilini .... producer
Riccardo Tozzi .... producer
 
Original Music by
Franco Piersanti 
 
Cinematography by
Claudio Collepiccolo 
 
Film Editing by
Mirco Garrone 
 
Casting by
Gianni Costantino 
 
Production Design by
Francesco Frigeri 
 
Costume Design by
Maria Rita Barbera 
 
Makeup Department
Francesco Pegoretti .... key hair stylist
 
Production Management
Paolo Venditti .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michele Corona .... second assistant director
Gianni Costantino .... first assistant director
Gianluca Mizzi .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Roberto Benetti .... leadman
 
Sound Department
Gianluca Basili .... sound effects editor
Sergio Basili .... foley artist
Daniela Bassani .... sound editor
Francesco Cucinelli .... sound re-recording mixer
Davide Palmiotto .... ProTools operator
Davide Palmiotto .... sound assistant
Bruno Pupparo .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Luca Ricci .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Stefano Camberini .... digital mastering editor
Francesco Cosatti .... roto artist: Proxima
Fabrizio Cucinotta .... recording operator
Simone Fontana .... digital mastering editor
Fabio Luongo .... lead compositor
 
Stunts
Paolo Antonini .... stunts
Alessandro Borgese .... stunt coordinator
Alessandro Borgese .... stunt performer
Alessandro Novelli .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Simone Barbona .... grip
Ernesto Busillo .... video assist operator
Fabrizio Cucinotta .... electrician
Claudio Gallicchio .... electrician
Patrizio Marra .... grip
Michele Paradisi .... second assistant camera
Mauro Pezzotti .... key grip
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marzia Nardone .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Francesco Garrone .... first assistant editor
 
Music Department
Angelo Giovagnoli .... orchestra coordinator
 
Transportation Department
Andrea Belletti .... driver
 
Other crew
Salvatore Borghese .... master of arms (as Salvatore Borgese)
Tea Cappiello .... production secretary
Alberto Mattia Cerri .... production secretary
Carmela Compagnone .... production accountant
Claudia Croce .... team: Cattleya
Alice Di Giacomo .... script supervisor assistant
Daniele Esposito .... production assistant
Daniela Macrillo .... payroll clerk
Raffaella Ridolfi .... unit manager
Tommaso Vozzi .... production assistant
 

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Also Known As:
"Mio fratello è figlio unico" - Italy (original title)
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Rated R for language and some sexual content
Runtime:
USA:108 min | France:100 min
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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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11 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Growing up with bro is hard to do, 22 June 2008
Author: Philby-3 from Sydney, Australia

Good Italian movies are few and far between – the last I saw was Zefferelli's "Tea with Mussolini", and before that, "Life Is Beautiful". It seems that Italian movies, good or bad, are rare. If the list in Wikipedia is anything to go by, Italy produces about ten to fifteen features a year, far less than Australia.

This one is about growing up in a post-Mussolini, post-war world as a working class Italian. The narrator, Accio (Elio Germano), bright but temperamental, is not the most pleasant of people (his name means bully). At 13 he is sent off to a seminary by his long-suffering and pious parents but even though it's a fairly humane regime he doesn't last long. So it's back to the family's tiny, crumbling flat to grow up with his older brother, Manrico (Riccardo Scarmarcio). Rejecting religion, Accio comes into the orbit of the local fascists, though he is more interested in action than ideology. The handsome, charming Manrico becomes a communist, and beds Francesca (Diane Fleri), an attractive middle class girl who has joined the comrades. Naturally Accio gets interested in Francesca as well.

The story covers the period 1962 to 1968 and plenty of reference is made to the turmoil of the times, but basically it is about a textbook case of sibling rivalry. Acco and Manrico cannot keep their hands off each other – in order to fight, that is. Acco however does manage to reach some sort of maturity at the end.

The story moves along at a good pace and there are plenty of funny scenes. The best one is the occupation by the communist students during the 1968 disturbances of the Rome conservatory where they perform Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" with the words changed to communist slogans, and are then invaded by the fascists crying "Don't mess with Beethoven" (actually the original words were from a poem by Schiller). The switch of actors (Vittorio Propizio plays the younger Accio) is accomplished in a particularly neat fashion, using a method I last saw used in "Conan the Barbarian" where the older actor is substituted in mid-scene.

In the background is Mussolini's legacy, an angry, confused and humiliated nation without a clear sense of direction. His 1930's "new towns" like Latina on the Pontine marches, jerry-built and badly designed, were crumbling already by the 1960s. Replacement housing had been built but corrupt local officials were holding up its allocation. There is a very satisfying moment at the end of the film when Accio, no stranger to causing a ruckus, takes remedial action.

Not being Italian I probably missed a lot, but the film held my attention for its full length, despite Accio not being a particularly nice lad (then neither was Genghis Khan and he had an interesting life). The film is bright, fresh and fast-moving though I'm not sure about the climax, which is rather on the melodramatic side. If the Italians can bring themselves to make more movies of this quality, I'll come along to watch.

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