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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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14 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
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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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Mio fratello è figlio unico" - Italy (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for language and some sexual content
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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 16 people found the following review useful.
More of the same from Italy's new film-makers, 17 September 2009
Author: palmiro from Chicago United States

There's this much to be said for this movie from the ranks of Italy's new young directors and actors: The quality of the acting was at least one notch above the usual fare, which almost never transcends the clichéd facial expressions and intonations we expect to find in TV dramas and sit-coms. This new generation of actors and directors was raised on US television imports ("telefilms") and Latin-American soaps, and it definitely shows in the uninspired and uninspiring quality of their work. And one gets the impression that 90% of them come from Parioli, a very well-to-do neighborhood of Rome, that would be the rough equivalent of coming from Santa Monica, Lake Forest IL, or Westport Conn—all those perfectly groomed faces coming from families of the Italian haute bourgeoisie with unlimited funds to advance their children's "acting career." If it weren't for Elio Germano as Accio (as well as Luca Zingaretti as Accio's fascist mentor and Anna Bonaiuto as his wife), this movie would probably fall into the same category of banalized film-making with all the rest.

But Germano's performance is not enough to salvage a film that fails to rise above a rating of "mediocrity +". Certainly it was an interesting idea to situate the action in Latina, a city built from scratch by Mussolini's fascist regime after it had drained the surrounding swamp land (the "bonifica" that was one of Fascism's highly touted achievements). All of the city's architecture was inspired by fascist "monumental" design.

Regrettably, Luchetti has done little of interest to exploit this setting for his family drama other than to bring up the same old cliché of opposing extremisms (the thuggery of the neo-fascist right vs. the banditry and targeted terrorism of the extra-parliamentary left). And the drama of the conflict between these two extremisms is used altogether too much to drive the plot forward. Some Italian commentators disliked this film because it seemed to go over the same old ground in the same old way—when it was time, presumably, to move on to new subjects. But the problem was not that it rehashed Italian history—the problem was the "hash." Bellocchio, after all, did a wonderful job of re-interpreting to Italians the experience of the Red Brigades in his "Buongiorno,Notte".

But here the audience is simply given a choice between fascist hooliganism and a lunatic left, when actually the situation in Italy in the 60s and 70s was much more complicated and nuanced. Millions of Italians belonged to parties and movements that were seriously committed to a progressive transformation of Italy that did not involve knee-cappings and assassinations. And so Luchetti ends up confirming (perhaps despite himself) the American/Berlusconiano vision of the world: "Forget about ideology—it's all about individual freedom and authenticity in your personal relationships." And finally we can see the effects of Berlusconi's TV stations and their ilk also in the movie's script. After 20, I stopped counting how many times the characters said, "Ma Che Cazzo Dici?"("What the f#%k are you saying?"). It is a measure of the moronization of the Italian public under the sway of Berlusconi and Berlusconian media that the scriptwriters think that they can get a laugh out of an Italian audience with this phrase each and every time it is said—and sadly they're probably right.

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