Mio Fratello è Figlio Unico (My Brother Is an Only Child) (2007)
Critic Consensus: Luchetti takes advantage of the storyline's historical context without sacrificing his cast's fine performances or the script's light wit.
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The film, which argues that blood brotherhood is stronger than political brotherhoods, vibrates with their youthful energy and ardor.
The linkage in this movie between politics and family dynamics is a point well taken, but the movie -- whose sense of frenetic activity going nowhere is captured by Luchetti's buoyant camera -- does go on and on before anyone learns anything.
Sometimes, under a torrent of social pressures, water runs faster, if not thicker, than blood, and even the strongest bonds drown in the flood.
You don't need a degree in political science to love this film...The film entertainingly demonstrates that the bonds of blood are stronger than those of ideology.
That it clicks is largely due to the daredevil chemistry of the actors playing the brothers, who can be a handful whenever they're together.
Director Daniele Luchetti's strategy is to personify the long-standing divisions of his homeland in a pair of siblings, but make the characters so vital that we don't feel we're being browbeaten with political allegory.
Audience Reviews for Mio Fratello è Figlio Unico (My Brother Is an Only Child)
differing political ideologies of communism versus fascism can not sever the bonds between two brothers. very moving and well acted film.
[font=Century Gothic]"There's nothing in the middle of road but yellow lines and dead armadillos." - Jim Hightower[/font]
[font=Century Gothic]"My Brother Is An Only Child" starts in 1962 in Italy where Accio Benassi(Elio Germano) is in a seminary studying to be a priest. He does well until he discovers masturbation and quits, reasoning that priests should be pure.(Good luck with that, by the way.) Returning home, he learns that his parents(Angela Finocchiaro & Massimo Popolizio) will not let him study Latin, instead forcing him to go to technical school, so he can learn something practical. To make matters worse, his sister Violetta(Alba Rohrwacher) is allowed to pursue the cello. Temporarily running away solves nothing but joining up with the Fascists through Mario(Luca Zingaretti) at least gives him a sense of purpose. It also gives him a point of argument with his older brother Manrico(Riccardo Scamarcio) and his cute girlfriend Francesca(Diane Fleri), both Communists.[/font]
[font=Century Gothic]"My Brother Is An Only Child" is an engaging examination of radical politics in Italy in the 1960's, minus the cliches, musical cues and references to historical events which takes the movie down to a personal level. Throughout, the Communists and Fascists appear to resemble little more than rival street gangs(you could make a pretty good Romeo and Juliet story out of this). They are fighting for the present as the Communists represent an idealized future while the Fascists represent a nonexistent past. Regardless, the movie makes a potent argument against violence waged for any cause.[/font]
Another fabulous film out of Italy that is a picture of the politics of the era when extreme points of view were advocated by those who would seek to deal with plodding governments. In this case, it is personal with different members of the family gravitating to the left and right. It sparkles.
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