Traces events in the life of Carlo, from his christening in 1906, where his grandfather reminds his father that Carlo means "free man," to his 80th birthday party. The film principally explores his relationships with younger brother Guilio, with wife Beatrice, and with her sister Adriana, whom Carlo loved as a young man.Written by
Very good Italian film about a Roman family - exploring sensitivity, love and family values.
Very good Italian film about a Roman family, covering three generations - exploring sensitivity, love and family values - with hardly any special effects, sensationalism or violence. I think this film also emphasizes very much that social change is part of human life; and that all tragic events - such as WW1 and WW 2 and Mussolini's Fascism - eventually come to an end, making way for positive change, so that people can live happy lives and cherish family values; as well as art, music and literature. This film also explores the complications of love - with the protagonist, Carlo, falling in love with one sister, but then marrying the other one; which causes some complications during Carlo's life - the whole picture being a bit of a parody of romanticism, sibling rivalry and the all-importance of being a good, respectable catholic family in Rome during those times.
The last scene, with the 80 year old Carlo - the grandfather now - posing with all his family for the photo (as in the very first scene, when he is a baby surrounded by people that will die eventually) is very moving and profound, I think, because it encompasses in one single moment the essence of human life, and what the journey of a human being is about: An interesting experience and adventure - but also a very unpredictable journey where a person meets many like-minded and loving souls. However, at the end of the day, life is a journey that inevitably has an end; a valuable gift, that brings many loving moments and memories with it :)
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