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The Family (1987)

La famiglia (original title)
With the background of the XX century Italian history, Carlo, a retired teacher, traces the vicissitudes of his family.


Ettore Scola


Graziano Diana (dialogue), Ruggero Maccari (story) | 2 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 25 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Emanuele Lamaro Emanuele Lamaro ... Carlo
Andrea Occhipinti ... Carlo
Vittorio Gassman ... Carlo / Nonno di Carlo
Cecilia Dazzi Cecilia Dazzi ... Beatrice
Stefania Sandrelli ... Beatrice
Jo Champa ... Adriana
Fanny Ardant ... Adriana
Joska Versari Joska Versari ... Giulio
Alberto Gimignani Alberto Gimignani ... Giulio
Massimo Dapporto Massimo Dapporto ... Giulio
Carlo Dapporto Carlo Dapporto ... Giulio
Consuelo Pascali Consuelo Pascali ... Adelina
Ilaria Stuppia Ilaria Stuppia ... Adelina
Ottavia Piccolo ... Adelina
Athina Cenci Athina Cenci ... Zia Margherita


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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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In 1906 Carlo was born into a very large family, a family of artists and lovers, spinsters and fools. Now he's 80...and they're all coming to dinner. See more »


Drama | Romance


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Very good Italian film about a Roman family - exploring sensitivity, love and family values.
21 December 2020 | by Dr_Mark_ODohertySee all my reviews

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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Release Date:

December 1987 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,590, 24 January 1988

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Technical Specs


(director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo


Color (Cinecolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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