The Way We Laughed

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Studying to become a teacher in Turin, Italy, Pietro (Francesco Giuffrida) is joined by his older brother, Giovanni (Enrico Lo Verso), who has moved up from Sicily. While Giovanni is a worker with no schooling, Pietro shows considerable promise in academics, prompting the elder sibling to seek employment to support his brother's academic pursuits. Unfortunately, things don't go well for Giovanni and Pietro, and they face significant hardships as they try to improve their lives.

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Critic Reviews for The Way We Laughed

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  • 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.

    August 15, 2002 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • A haunting, richly textured film that, like the Italian director's unforgettable Lamerica, dramatizes the plight of poverty on an epic scale.

    June 14, 2002 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • ... a masterpiece about filial love and the horrors of poverty.

    March 21, 2002 | Rating: 4/4
  • 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
  • The making of this picture is so sure that hope for Amelio, for his future, is almost forced on us.

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

    November 30, 2001

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