The First Beautiful Thing (La prima cosa bella) (2011)
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La Prima Cosa Bella (The First Beautiful Thing) follows a strong and optimistic mother raising her two children against all odds. Throughout grief and pain she teaches her family to remain open and loving and to cherish the little joys in life. This beautiful and touching comedic drama from acclaimed Italian director Paolo Virzì (La Bella Vita) is filled with unforgettable and emotional true-to-life performances. --(c) Palisades Tartan
Apr 15, 2011 Limited
May 22, 2012
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Virsi sharpens the sentimentality of the emotional setup to a nicely serrated edge.
A warm and welcome foreign film treat about learning to cope with the fact that one's parents are actually people too.
The high-pitched emotions, gesticulations and occasional near-hysteria seem completely normal and genuine.
A lovely Italian throwback about a loner vocational school professor coming to terms with the death of his mother and the sources of his present-day unhappiness.
It's especially striking how effectively Ramazotti's and Sandrelli's performances as Anna blend together so smoothly. Together, they create a portrait of a woman who lacked all the necessary skills to be a parent, except to fiercely love her children.
The film becomes wearisome due to Virzì's indulgent use of busy, overstated flashbacks.
In films such as the Italian The First Beautiful Thing, the mother/whore dichotomy collapses in whimsical ways: The mother is the whore.
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