The First Beautiful Thing (La prima cosa bella)


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

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Critic Reviews for The First Beautiful Thing (La prima cosa bella)

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (9)

Virzi approaches mawkishness but he never crosses the line.

Aug 25, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/4

"The First Beautiful Thing'' is shameless, and, damn it, I cried anyway.

Jun 9, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
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Occasionally affecting but unremarkable.

Apr 20, 2011 | Full Review…
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Virzi has hit his stride in this polished but delicate comedy-drama.

Apr 20, 2011 | Full Review…

It's filled with its own artfulness and warmth.

Apr 20, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Virsi sharpens the sentimentality of the emotional setup to a nicely serrated edge.

Apr 15, 2011 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for The First Beautiful Thing (La prima cosa bella)


La Prima Cossa Bella, a beautiful Italian family drama, it will be in the coming Oscars nomination for best Foreign Movie,was about a dysfunctional family, showing anger of a child towards his mother.The movie showed flashbacks of the boy Bruno in his troubled childhood and young adulthood in the 1970's and 1980's.I must say too much was happening here, and it was unclear whether the movie was really about Bruno or the wild life their mother was leading.The earlier scenes were long and they overwhelm the portrait of Bruno as an adult, and the present narrative showed him in his feel-good reunions, his own alcohol-drug problem, and his dying mother.Director Paolo Virzi made here his best movie, one that made you cry and laugh at the same time.

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