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Turin at the end of the fifties: two brothers have emigrated there from Sicily and the older works very hard to let the younger study and free himself from poverty through culture. The boy however is not keen on school and would like to begin to work. When after some time he gets his degree however things take a violent and dramatic turn......Written by
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The title refers to the back page of a popular 1950s Italian magazine which had a section devoted to old jokes that were no longer funny but still evoked a sense of nostalgia. One such joke is repeated throughout the film: "How do you get four elephants in a Fiat?" The answer: "Two in front and two in back". See more »
You think your children are your own, then they learn to walk and they leave you. Know what they say back home? "Raise hogs, 'cause then you can eat them"
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After seeing Lamerica by the same director, I was hoping to see a much better film. It is the story of two Sicilian brothers who go to Turin, in northern Italy, in the early 60's. Their condition is miserable, poverty is rampant, prejudice against the southerners is high, but the older brother, motivated by great love and undying faith in his younger brother, is determined to send him to school and works under unbearable conditions to support him and see that he becomes a teacher. The younger one, however, is not particularly fond of school and resents his brother's attention and expectations. The acting is simply awful, consisting mostly of heavy breathing when the emotions run high. The younger brother displays one or two expressions throughout the movie. The plot is underdeveloped, showing disconnected events in chronological order. The characters are underdeveloped: there is no explanation for the unexpected role reversal that takes place in the second half of the film. I suppose the movie wants to show how the big, industrial city, (portrayed as constantly dark, rainy and cold, although it is not so in reality) currupts the simple, good hearted Sicilians, but it does not do a good job of it. At one point, while the movie is focusing on the younger one, the older brother suddenly becomes a powerful mafia boss Why? No explanation. He later leaves the good-hearted prostitute he was living with (and whose child he was supporting) to marry the daughter of a wealthy "Torinese", an act symbolic of his total moral degradation. In the course of his criminal dealings we see him kill someone, and we later find out that the younger brother went to prison for his crime. What happened? We are not told. I could not find anything redeeming in the film. A great disappointment!
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