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The Best of Youth (2003)

La meglio gioventù (original title)
An Italian epic that follows the lives of two brothers, from the 1960s to the 2000s.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Luigi Lo Cascio ... Nicola Carati
Alessio Boni ... Matteo Carati
Adriana Asti ... Adriana Carati
Sonia Bergamasco ... Giulia Monfalco
Fabrizio Gifuni ... Carlo Tommasi
Maya Sansa ... Mirella Utano
Valentina Carnelutti ... Francesca Carati
Jasmine Trinca ... Giorgia Esposti
Andrea Tidona Andrea Tidona ... Angelo Carati
Lidia Vitale ... Giovanna Carati
Claudio Gioè ... Vitale Micavi
Paolo Bonanni Paolo Bonanni ... Luigino
Giovanni Scifoni Giovanni Scifoni ... Berto
Riccardo Scamarcio ... Andrea Utano
Camilla Filippi ... Sara Carati
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Storyline

Nicola and Matteo Carati are two brothers of Rome, who live the years from 1966 to 2000 and all the events which have signed this period. They begin their adventure, helping Giorgia, a young girl confined in an asylum. Then, after the flood of Florence, Nicola meets Giulia a talented piano player with a dangerous sympathy for the BR. Matteo, a rebel spirit entered in the police, will find the optimistic photographer Mirella. These four characters and many others will cross the years of terrorism and Tangentopoli. Written by ltj36

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Rated R for language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | English | Norwegian

Release Date:

20 June 2003 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Best of Youth See more »

Filming Locations:

Florence, Tuscany, Italy See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,490, 6 March 2005

Gross USA:

$274,024

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,799,773
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(two parts) | (4 episodes) (TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

At 2:25, the poem that Luigi reads to Matteo while their are walking in the park is called "Dei Sepolcri", from the italian poet Ugo Foscolo. See more »

Goofs

Midnight sun does not take place in November (1966 - beginning of the film) nor during spring (2003 - end of the film), but is visible at the Arctic Circle only from June 12 until July 1. See more »

Quotes

Sara Carati, adult: What should I do?
Nicola Carati: I don't know, it depends on how strong you feel... Are you happy now?
Sara Carati, adult: Of course I am!
Nicola Carati: Then, it's time to be generous
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Connections

References Jules and Jim (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Oblivion
by Astor Piazzolla
Performed by Astor Piazzolla (bandoneon solo) and orchestra
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Long and Wonderful
8 November 2008 | by nturnerSee all my reviews

No, the number of minutes is no typo. This film is over six and a half hours long. But as Roger Ebert says, "I dropped outside of time and was carried along by the narrative flow; when the film was over, I had no particular desire to leave the theater, and would happily have stayed another three hours." Of course, I was watching in the comfort of my home but I agree completely with Mr. Ebert.

The narrative covers the years 1966 through 2003 and focuses primarily upon the older brother of a middle class Italian family. As it begins, the two brothers of the family are ready to pursue college education as an avenue to successful careers. The younger of them is volunteering at a local mental facility as a walker - a companion for patients who need to explore the world outside the institution. He finds that the girl he accompanies is being mistreated and more or less kidnaps her in an attempt to return her to her father's home. In this effort he seeks the help of his brother and the two embark upon an idealistic quest to return the girl to the love and safety of her home. The unhappy result of their venture changes the outlooks of both and sets them on paths which diverge from their original plans. Each chooses a new course which is in conflict with his basic personality. The older brother, who had been practical in all of his previous projects, finds himself diving into an alternative culture, whereas the younger, who had been more footloose, joins the military and eventually becomes a policeman. The encounters of both during the almost forty year span of the film gives us many insightful "what ifs" of two lives and reminds us of the enormous effect sheer chance has upon each of us.

If you are familiar with the Italian political climate and events during the era of this film, your enjoyment will be heightened , but even someone as politically innocent as I had no trouble understanding the conflicts of the major characters that come from diverging ideologies. (I can probably be pretty much assured that if you are a HSC "regular" you are well versed in the politics of Italy in the latter part of the Twentieth Century.) This film has a great "feel" to it in that it doesn't fall into the trap of being overly melodramatic, which is often the bent of films that span long periods of time. I was left with a good feeling at the end but it arose from having viewed the triumphs and tragedies of a very believable family, a family whose members change and grow as a result of their experience of life just as happens in all families no matter their geographic location.

As for geographic location, the viewer of this film is treated to many memorable scenes of Italy from the grit of the city to the blissful pleasures of the islands. The experience is one of a resident of the country rather than a tourist who only has privy to a gossamer view.

If you enjoy excellent film-making and a good story, I have no doubt that you will also be "carried along by the narrative flow" just as Mr. Ebert and I can guarantee you that you will enjoy the ride.


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