The Way We Laughed (1998)
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To watch Gianni Amelio's luminous The Way We Laughed is to reconnect with Italian cinema in all its richness of emotion and command of expressive gesture.
A haunting, richly textured film that, like the Italian director's unforgettable Lamerica, dramatizes the plight of poverty on an epic scale.
This is the kind of European film you rarely see anymore, with characters and circumstances that are easily debatable. Two viewers may never reach the same conclusion about the film.
The making of this picture is so sure that hope for Amelio, for his future, is almost forced on us.
More frustrating than gripping thanks to the fractured, often confusing narrative and the director's pro-pensity for extremely long takes.
Audience Reviews for The Way We Laughed
Well-made and acted film that is slightly hampered with moments that left me confused. Still, it is rather compelling.
[b]Hairdresser's Husband, The:[/b] A mind boggingly sexy film about fulfilled desire and the thought of losing it. Directed by one of my favorite directors Patrice Leconte -- who also made one of my favorite films last year "Man on the Train." This is the epitome of bitter sweet. (8 out of 10)
[b]Way We Laughed, The:[/b] A tale of two brother's and their trials and tribulations in an poverty stricken Italy. Way We Laughed is a tragic tale about filial love coupled with desperation and how it ultimately shapes the relationships of people around them. At once intriguing as it is frustrating the film employs a fractured and ellipitical narrative that forces the audience to construct their own reasons on how certain events occur. Worth checking out if you're in the mood for an exotic depressant. (7 out of 10)
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