The Way We Laughed (1998)

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Gianni Amelio directed this powerful drama that focuses on the relationship between two brothers as their goals and ideals drift apart over the course of seven years, each of which is represented by a single day. Giovanni (Enrico Lo Verso), an uneducated laborer from Southern Italy, arrives in Turin, where his younger brother Pietro (Francesco Guiffrida) is studying to be a teacher. Giovanni sees the bright Pietro as his family's best hope for making their way out of poverty, and he goes to work to support his brother so that Pietro can focus on his studies. But as time goes on, Giovanni's simple dream of a better life proves to be different than Pietro's personal ambitions, and as the corruption of the city begins to sink its hooks into Pietro, their fates take a tragic and dangerous turn. Cosi Ridevano won the Golden Lion award at the 1998 Venice Film Festival, but despite enthusiastic reviews in Europe, the film did not receive an American release until 2001.

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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.

Aug 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.

Jun 14, 2002 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

... a masterpiece about filial love and the horrors of poverty.

Mar 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.

Feb 8, 2002

The making of this picture is so sure that hope for Amelio, for his future, is almost forced on us.

Dec 5, 2001

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

Nov 30, 2001

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