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The Way We Laughed (1998)

The Way We Laughed



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Gianni Amelio directed this powerful drama that focuses on the relationship between two brothers as their goals and ideals drift apart over the course of seven years, each of which is represented by a single day. Giovanni (Enrico Lo Verso), an uneducated laborer from Southern Italy, arrives in Turin, where his younger brother Pietro (Francesco Guiffrida) is studying to be a teacher. Giovanni sees the bright Pietro as his family's best hope for making their way out of poverty, and he goes to work to support his brother so that Pietro can focus on his studies. But as time goes on, Giovanni's simple dream of a better life proves to be different than Pietro's personal ambitions, and as the corruption of the city begins to sink its hooks into Pietro, their fates take a tragic and dangerous turn. Cosi Ridevano won the Golden Lion award at the 1998 Venice Film Festival, but despite enthusiastic reviews in Europe, the film did not receive an American release until 2001.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
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Written By: Gianni Amelio
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On DVD: Jan 20, 2004
New Yorker Films


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Critic Reviews for The Way We Laughed

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (12)

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.

Full Review… | August 15, 2002
Los Angeles Times
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A haunting, richly textured film that, like the Italian director's unforgettable Lamerica, dramatizes the plight of poverty on an epic scale.

Full Review… | June 14, 2002
Boston Globe
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... a masterpiece about filial love and the horrors of poverty.

Full Review… | March 21, 2002
Chicago Tribune
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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.

February 8, 2002
Miami Herald
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The making of this picture is so sure that hope for Amelio, for his future, is almost forced on us.

December 5, 2001
The New Republic
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More frustrating than gripping thanks to the fractured, often confusing narrative and the director's pro-pensity for extremely long takes.

November 30, 2001
Hollywood Reporter
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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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