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#1061. The Best of Youth (La meglio gioventù)

  • Year: 2003
  • Country: Italy
  • Language: Italian
  • Production: BiBi, Miramax, 400m
  • Director: Marco Tullio Giordana
  • Producer: Angelo Barbagallo
  • Screenplay: Sandro Petraglia, Stefano Rulli
  • Photography: Roberto Forza
  • Cast: Luigi Lo Cascio, Alessio Boni, Adriana Asti, Sonia Bergamasco, Fabrizio Gifuni, Maya Sansa, Jasmine Trinca
  • Cannes Film Festival: Un Certain Regard Award

Abridged Book Description

Tracing the lives of two brothers for nearly four decades, The Best of Youth wastes not a second of its six-hour screen time, giving its characters the space they need to live and allowing their shared story to unfold like a great novel... The Best of Youth never allows national events to outweigh the domestic drama. Rather, Italian history is told through the prism of family, with happenings both personal and political carrying equal weight.