Tuesday, April 24, 2007

The Best of Youth (2003)

****
Italy

Marco Tullio Giordana's much-acclaimed six-hour saga, concentrating chiefly on the choices made by two brothers very opposite in nature, against the backdrop of some forty years worth of political turmoil in Italy. The story abandons characters at will only to pick them up whenever convenient and it isn't entirely above soap opera. But for six hours you live and breathe the world of the Carati family and you gasp and soar according to the vicissitudes of an entire nation's fortunes. Giordana's style is professional more than masterful and polished more than organic. But it's perfectly effective at reining in the talky, bounteous monster of a script and never losing hold over the overarching objectives.

dir: Marco Tullio Giordana
wr: Sandro Petraglia, Stefano Rulli
cast: Luigi Lo Cascio, Alessio Boni, Adriana Asti, Sonia Bergamasco, Fabrizio Gifuni, Maya Sansa, Valentina Carnelutti, Jasmine Trinca, Andrea Tidona, Lidia Vitale, Camilla Filippi, Paolo Bonnani, Riccardo Scamarcio, Giovanni Scifoni

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