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The Best of Youth (La meglio gioventý) (2003)

The Best of Youth (La meglio gioventý)



Critic Consensus: Earns its 6 hours running time by telling an engrossing story with compelling characters.

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Directed by Marco Tullio Giordana and La Meglio Gioventu, this film chronicles the youth, emotional development, and milestone events in the lives of brothers Nicola (Luigi Lo Cascio and Matteo Carti (Alessio Boni) between 1966 and the early 2000s. Despite being polar opposites -- Nicola is a free spirited, romantic psychiatrist; Matteo is an angst-ridden idealist and member of the Italian police force -- the brothers stay connected through the nature of life, family, and time, even during their long periods of separation from one another.more
Rating: R (for language and brief nudity)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By: Stefano Rulli, Sandro Petraglia
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 7, 2006
Miramax Films - Official Site


Luigi Lo Cascio
as Nicola Carati
Alessio Boni
as Matteo Carati
Adriana Asti
as Adriana Carati
Sonia Bergamasco
as Giulia Monfalco
Fabrizio Gifuni
as Carlo Tommasi
Maya Sansa
as Mirella Utano
Valentina Carnelutti
as Francesca Carati
Andrea Tidona
as Angelo Carati
Lidia Vitale
as Giovanna Carati
Camilla Filippi
as Sara Carati
Greta Cavuoti
as Sara Carati (age 8)
Sara Pavoncello
as Sara Carati (5 years...
Sara Povoncello
as Sara Carati (age 5)
Claudio Gioe
as Vitale Micavi
Riccardo Scamarcio
as Andrea Utano
Mario Schiano
as Medicine Professor
Michele Melega
as Literature Professor
Paolo De Vita
as Don Vito
Pippo Montalbano
as Police Commissioner,...
Gaspare Cucinella
as Sicilian Peasant
Dario Veca
as Butcher
Marcello Prayer
as Second Lieutenant
Walter Da Pozzo
as Agent Mario
Roberto Accornero
as President Court of T...
Fabio Camilli
as Prisoner `Tangentopo...
Antonello Puglisi
as Priest Palermo
Patrizia Punzo
as Owner of Art Gallery
Nila Carnelutti
as Francesca Carati (ag...
Francesco La Macchia
as Andrea Utano (age 6)
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Critic Reviews for The Best of Youth (La meglio gioventý)

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Unfolds like a novel full of characters we can't help but care about.

Full Review… | July 29, 2005
Denver Post
Top Critic

When the movie concludes, you can talk about these characters as if you actually know them -- which won't be far from the truth.

July 29, 2005
Denver Rocky Mountain News
Top Critic

Few films have ever made better use of combining social and political history with romantic melodrama and suspense.

Full Review… | June 24, 2005
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

Its point is this: That every nation, like a family, is made up of many people who are often at odds with one another, but that ultimately, we are all one.

Full Review… | June 3, 2005
Washington Post
Top Critic

A family that seems as real as your own relatives.

Full Review… | June 3, 2005
Washington Post
Top Critic

Despite many charming elements, this movie is not an example of good storytelling.

Full Review… | May 13, 2005
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Best of Youth (La meglio gioventý)

When I stumbled upon this movie, its length amazed me. But more than that I was amazed by its viewers' (and critics) rating. Although it didn't belong to my favorite genre, I decided to give it a go. A few people might exaggerate (or overrate the movie), but if so many people liked it despite of its lengthy runtime, it surely would be worth checking out. Needless to say, I fell for it. No sooner did the movie begin, I found myself reasonably immersed in it. The first part went off quite smoothly (not flawlessly, though). The second part was a drag, and most of it was unnecessary IMO. And I'd have liked it better if the actors playing Matteo and Nicola had swapped their roles. Well, all things considered, it was an alright experience.

familiar stranger

Super Reviewer


Inspired by a Pasolini poetry collection, this is a stunning cinematic opus spanning 40 years in the Carati family. Italian culture, North and South, is explored through personal and political landscapes. This film notes the resurgence of Italian cinema, which was so often criticized in the eighties. As with the best films, you will laugh and cry, as you identify with the emotions and experiences. An engaging and enriching film not to be missed!

Stefanie C

Super Reviewer


[font=Century Gothic]"The Best of Youth" starts in 1966 as brothers Nicola(Luigi Lo Cascio) and Matteo(Alessio Boni) are about to go on summer vacation with friends to Norway. Nicola aces his tests but Matteo botches his entrance exams by antagonizing the professor. Just before they are about to depart, Matteo with little planning, liberates a young mental patient, Giorgia(Jasmine Trinca), from where he had been working because she had been receiving inhumane electroshock therapy. The brothers plan on returning her to her village but nothing quite goes to plan and Giorgia is detained by soldiers. Afterwards, Nicola continues north while Matteo returns to join the army...[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"The Best of Youth" is a respectable but flawed Italian miniseries about the Carati family, starting in 1966 and moving forward to the present day, focusing on the two brothers. But it is disappointing that we never get a clear idea as to what Matteo is thinking.(There are also two sisters who are only shown when convenient.) The miniseries is better in its second half where it almost achieves a rare moment of transcendence, but instead slips badly. [/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]The miniseries is also concerned with the recent history of modern Italy and it is here that the miniseries occasionally falls prey to cliche by focusing on notable historical events, including the Red Brigades(I know they were terrorists but what did they believe?) and the mafia in Sicily. The truth about ordinary people is that they usually exist well outside of events that affect society.[/font]

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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