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The Best of Youth (2003)

Italy 354m, Colour
Director: Marco Tullio Giordana; Cast: Luigi Lo Cascio, Alessio Boni, Adriana Asti, Sonia Bergamasco, Fabrizio Gifuni, Maya Sansa, Jasmine Trinca, Lidia Vitale, Valentina Carnelutti, Claudio Gioè

The Best of Youth was originally presented as a dramatic television miniseries which followed the lives of Matteo and Nicola – two brothers from an Italian family whose personal experiences and decision would lead them down very different, but often overlapping paths from their counter-culture teenage years in 1966 through family life in 2003. The brother’s journey begins with the ill-fated “rescue” of a young woman from a sanitarium which has a profound impact on both of their lives. The lengthy running time would be a challenge for most, if it were not for the sumptuous cinematography, and the very fine screenplay which ties the storylines to the sociopolitical history of Italy (Klaus Ming January 2011).

3 comments on “The Best of Youth (2003)

  1. Squish
    01/24/2011

    Well capsulated. Personally, I found the length to enhance my appreciation of the characters themselves, but the stories they were a part of, especially in the last hour, are what made me lukewarm to this.

  2. joem18b
    01/25/2011

    this one got great buzz. i watched it and i guess i liked it, but i can remember nothing about it. which is true, for me, of many, many movies. not sure what makes a movie memorable to me – whatever it is, it might not even have anything to do with how good the movie is, but some rainy day i think that i’ll make a list of my most memorable movies and see whether a pattern emerges. this one won’t be on it, i guess.

  3. Klaus
    01/25/2011

    I’m a big fan of these kinds of lengthy productions when they capture my imagination. It’s definitely a “rainy day” or in “snow day” kind of movie. While I did enjoy this one, my favorite miniseries is still Dekalog (1988)

    https://klausming.wordpress.com/2010/02/15/dekalog-1988/

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