The First Beautiful Thing (La prima cosa bella) Reviews
Nice story, well told.
I'm not sure what this movie is. Kind of an epic feel as it spans several decades. Two children, namely the boy, struggle growing up with their beautiful mother. Is it a tragedy? Much like the movie Malena, also Italian and featuring poster girl Monica Belluci, might be a similar movie where a woman's attractiveness turns out to be her downfall. Oh, what a perfect setting then: Italy. But that may just be a subplot. The mother, while making bad decisions or having them made for her, is not mean. So the boy who takes it all personally may just be his own biggest problem.
The ending is maybe the strongest part of the movie. Drama probably comes to a peak in the final 10 minutes, and some character traits are revealed. Probably should have seen it coming, but that does not make them less impacting and less damaging. Either way, just look at that cast to the left of this box. How could it get any less than a 7/10?