My Brother Is An Only Child (2007)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  

Original title:  Mio Fratello E Figlio Unico

Italy/France, 2007.  Cattleya, Babe Film, Film Commission Torino-Piemonte, Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali.  Screenplay by Daniele Luchetti, , , based on the novel Il Fasciocomunista by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Adolescence is a difficult time, but it’s also the perfect opportunity to get roped into one of the many 1960s political movements that are threatening to tear Italy apart. After dropping out of seminary because he had too many questions, Accio infuriates his family by joining the Fascist Party, setting him at odds for years with his Communist brother Manrico and generally driving both of his parents crazy. The years pass, love is felt and lost, rites of passage are experienced, and what began as the explosive passions of youth turn deadly serious when actions yield their consequences and loyalties are tested. This film charts the awakening of youthful folly into adult awareness without ever losing sight of its humorous pulse; director Daniele Luchetti shows how much of political involvement is the result of hormonal anxiety without ever being condescending about it, and its aftermath as the natural result that follows. It is funny, moving and highly expressive but at the same time realistic, a movie that is as entertaining as it is powerful and memorable.  giving an astoundingly sympathetic performance in the lead, while is superb as his exasperated mother.

European Film Award Nomination:  Best European Actor (Elio Germano)

Toronto International Film Festival:  2007

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