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Mio fratello è figlio unico (2007)

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Two brothers come of age in a small Italian town in the '60s and '70s.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Accio Benassi
... Manrico Benassi
... Amelia Benassi
... Ettore Benassi
Ascanio Celestini ... Padre Cavalli
... Francesca
... Violetta Benassi
Vittorio Emanuele Propizio ... Accio adolescent
Claudio Botosso ... Prof. Montagna
... Segretario Bombacci (as Ninni Bruschetta)
... Bella Nastri
... Mario Nastri
Pasquale Sammarco ... Padre Tosi
Lorenzo Pagani ... Bertini
Matteo Sacchi ... Ragazzo Biliardino
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Two brothers come of age in the 1960s in a town south of Rome. Manrico is handsome, sometimes feckless, a leftist making the revolution. His younger brother Accio ("Bully") is a seminarian when the story beings, soon home studying Latin and joining the Fascists. Francesca, an aristocratic student, becomes Manrico's lover and Accio's friend. Over the next ten years, these three experience family, love, attraction, politics, and the challenges of adult responsibility. Subplots include Nastri, a father figure and political guide to Accio, Nastri's wife Bella who guides Accio in other ways, and the brothers' parents and sister, who are dazzled by Manrico's charm while depending on Accio. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »
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20 April 2007 (Italy)  »

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Mon frère est fils unique  »

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€5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,357, 30 March 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$251,004, 20 July 2008
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Taken from the novel "Il fasciocomunista", the title has been changed in "Mio fratello è figlio unico" as a tribute to the eponymous song by Rino Gaetano. See more »

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Looking back from outside
19 October 2011 | by See all my reviews

'My Brother is an Only Child' tells the story of two red-blooded siblings as they take their first steps into political and sexual adulthood in the Italy of the 1960s. It's an intriguing premise, but for me, it didn't quite come together. Specifically, the fascism and communism that its protagonists pursue seem obviously unappealing: the film fails to convey how anyone could follow such causes except out of immaturity, though there are some funny moments (the new leftist lyrics to Beethoven's Ninth Symphony the most obvious of them). At the end of the film, a housing scandal is exposed, but the film doesn't really explain how the scam had worked: the story would make sense if the houses in question hadn't actually been built, but in fact they have been, and one senses that the writer has resolved a happy ending without worrying too much about the details. What's nice about this film is its portrait of a place and a time, and the very believable love-hate relationship between the brothers; but if you weren't there yourself, perhaps its inevitable that you find yourself looking in from the outside.


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