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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
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Valerio Mastandrea
as Bruno Michelucci
Micaela Ramazzotti
as Anna Nigiotti in Michelucci
Claudia Pandolfi
as Valeria Michelucci
Marco Messeri
as Il Nesi
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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.

August 25, 2011
Seattle Times
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"The First Beautiful Thing'' is shameless, and, damn it, I cried anyway.

Full Review… | June 9, 2011
Boston Globe
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Occasionally affecting but unremarkable.

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

Full Review… | April 20, 2011
Hollywood Reporter
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It's filled with its own artfulness and warmth.

Full Review… | April 20, 2011
New York Daily News
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Virsi sharpens the sentimentality of the emotional setup to a nicely serrated edge.

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

"The First Beautiful Thing" may not be everyone's glass of Chianti. Set in Livorno, with magnificent cinematography, this meandering Italian family saga jumps back and forth in time erratically . By the film's end, we "get it," but what an emotional roller coaster ride to reach an all too predictable, soporific conclusion. Performances are nuanced, but it is often a challenge to try and figure out who "goes with" whom. In sum, we learn the beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and it is often a challenge to discover.

Jerry Kane
Jerry Kane

Marvelous film about the life of a family. Full of choices and changes which sometimes work out but often don't and the joys, regrets and reversals which result. Never seems forced or contrived as the family grows from the early 70s through 2009 or so.

Michael Harbour
Michael Harbour

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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