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Three Brothers (1981)

Tre fratelli (original title)
Three men face their mother's death.

Director:

Francesco Rosi

Writers:

Tonino Guerra (story and screenplay), Francesco Rosi (story and screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Philippe Noiret ... Raffaele Giuranna
Michele Placido ... Nicola Giuranna
Vittorio Mezzogiorno ... Rocco Giuranna / Young Donato
Andréa Ferréol ... Raffaele's Wife
Maddalena Crippa Maddalena Crippa ... Giovanna
Rosaria Tafuri Rosaria Tafuri ... Rosaria
Marta Zoffoli ... Marta
Tino Schirinzi Tino Schirinzi ... Raffaeles's Friend
Simonetta Stefanelli ... Young Donato's Wife
Pietro Biondi Pietro Biondi ... 1st Judge
Charles Vanel ... Donato Giuranna
Accursio Di Leo Accursio Di Leo ... 1st Friend at Bar
Luigi Infantino Luigi Infantino ... 2nd Friend at Bar
Girolamo Marzano Girolamo Marzano ... Nicola's Friend
Gina Pontrelli Gina Pontrelli ... The Brother's Mother
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Storyline

In a farmhouse in southern Italy, an old woman dies. Her husband summons their sons: from Rome, Raffaele, a judge facing a political case for which he risks assassination; from Naples, the religious and ideological Rocco, a counselor at a correctional institute for boys; from Turin, Nicola, a factory worker involved in labor disputes. Once home, each encounters the past and engages in reveries of what may come: Raffaele imagines his death, Rocco dreams of lifting the youth of Naples out of violence, drugs, and corruption, Nicola pictures embracing his estranged wife. Meanwhile, the old man and his young granddaughter explore the rhythms of the farm and grieve together. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama

Certificate:

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Official Sites:

Gaumont DVD [France]

Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

19 March 1981 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Three Brothers See more »

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Production Co:

Iterfilm,Gaumont See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Nicola Giuranna: You talk like this because you don't have a boss who can fire you.
Raffaele Giuranna: I have to accept the risk of getting killed any day if I wanna keep doing my work, which is to administrate law, and not to become a hero.
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Je so' pazzo
by Pino Daniele
Edizioni musicali "BELRIVER" s.r.l.
per gentile concessione della EMI ITALIANA
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different lines of one family
15 January 2013 | by Lee EisenbergSee all my reviews

Francesco Rosi's "Tre fratelli" looks at three brothers who return to their childhood home after their mother dies. The movie goes into a study of the dissimilar paths that their lives have taken them. Raffaele (Philippe Noiret) is a judge prosecuting individuals charged with terrorism; Nicola (Michele Placido) is a union leader who supports the people targeted by Raffaele; and Rocco (Vittorio Mezzogiorno) works in a correctional institute for boys. But even beyond the different paths that the brothers' lives have taken them, the movie looks at their relationship (or lack thereof) with their father (Charles Vanel). It turns out that only the granddaughter is truly able to bond with the patriarch.

The movie is almost mystifying in its focus on this family. Raffaele's dream brings up the issue of what constitutes terrorism. But in the end, all sides are forced to recognize that they are still a family. The granddaughter seems to represent the innocence that the brothers were forced to abandon as they went their separate ways in life. The end result is a very thought-provoking movie, definitely one that I recommend.


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