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Up until the middle of the 19Th century, poverty stricken mountain farmers from the Ticino area of Switzerland frequently sold their children to Milan as chimney sweeps or spazzacamini. ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Fynn Henkel ...
Richy Müller ...
Oliver Ewy ...
Can Schneider ...
Javidan Imani ...
Jasper Smets ...
Riccardo (as Jasper Smert)
Sergen Ecin ...
Max Damisi ...
Marco (as Max André Damisi)
Andreas Warmbrunn ...
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Ruby O. Fee ...
Robin Gorges ...
Julian Graupner


Up until the middle of the 19Th century, poverty stricken mountain farmers from the Ticino area of Switzerland frequently sold their children to Milan as chimney sweeps or spazzacamini. That is also young Giorgios fate. He is forced to climb through pitch black chimneys, flinging down the soot with his bare hands. But he does not lose heart. Together with his buddies sharing in the same misery, he establishes the association of Black Brothers. They stick together, struggling against their penury and getting involved in fights with the street gangs of Milan. The film tells of the gripping adventures of the chimney sweep boys and their spectacular escape back to their native land. Written by Anonymous

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17 April 2014 (Germany)  »

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I fratelli neri  »

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2.35 : 1
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Moritz Bleibtreu stars as Antonio Luini in this screen version of the story. His mother, Monica Bleibtreu (deceased in 2009), played the role of Signora Rossi in the 1983 TV-Series. See more »

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If this film was a chimney, it's in need of a sweeping too
18 August 2014 | by (Berlin, Germany) – See all my reviews

"Die schwarzen Brüder" / "The Black Brothers" does not refer to the boys' skin colors, but this is a movie about a bunch of young chimney sweeps. It is another piece of German children literature brought to the screen and, almost 25 years after his Academy Award win, director Xavier Koller's newest project.

The story is summarized quickly: We see a woman getting injured and her husband has to sell their boy for a little while, so he can afford treatment for his wife. The kid is taken by another man for a whole year and asked to clean chimneys. After that, we see all the common themes from kids movies. There's others with the same fate. There is another gang who are the main rivals aside from the man who bought him and there's a girl who is the love interest to the central character, the sister of somebody from the other gang. Hello Romeo and Juliet. A kind-hearted priest helps the boys where he can.

The change in mind of the other gang after they did get beaten up doesn't seem really credible, and, all in all, it's just too stereotypical and brings nothing really new to the genre. I like good children's films, but this one just feels like there's no real heart in it and Moritz Bleibtreu's character is also more of a caricature than a scary villain. None of the many child actors is really outstanding either. There's many better German children's movies out there. Skip this one.

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