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The Best of Youth (2003)

La meglio gioventù (original title)
An Italian epic that follows the lives of two brothers, from the 1960s to the 2000s.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Luigi Lo Cascio ... Nicola Carati
Alessio Boni ... Matteo Carati
Adriana Asti ... Adriana Carati
Sonia Bergamasco ... Giulia Monfalco
Fabrizio Gifuni ... Carlo Tommasi
Maya Sansa ... Mirella Utano
Valentina Carnelutti ... Francesca Carati
Jasmine Trinca ... Giorgia Esposti
Andrea Tidona Andrea Tidona ... Angelo Carati
Lidia Vitale ... Giovanna Carati
Claudio Gioè ... Vitale Micavi
Paolo Bonanni Paolo Bonanni ... Luigino
Giovanni Scifoni Giovanni Scifoni ... Berto
Riccardo Scamarcio ... Andrea Utano
Camilla Filippi ... Sara Carati
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Storyline

Nicola and Matteo Carati are two brothers of Rome, who live the years from 1966 to 2000 and all the events which have signed this period. They begin their adventure, helping Giorgia, a young girl confined in an asylum. Then, after the flood of Florence, Nicola meets Giulia a talented piano player with a dangerous sympathy for the BR. Matteo, a rebel spirit entered in the police, will find the optimistic photographer Mirella. These four characters and many others will cross the years of terrorism and Tangentopoli. Written by ltj36

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | English | Norwegian

Release Date:

20 June 2003 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Best of Youth See more »

Filming Locations:

Florence, Tuscany, Italy See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,490, 6 March 2005

Gross USA:

$274,024

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,799,773
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(two parts) | (4 episodes) (TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Originally developed as a miniseries for television. It was then released in cinemas in June 2003 as two three-hour films after the uncut six-hour version had been screened to great acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival. Because of the films's success, it was eventually shown on Italian TV as originally intended, in 4 parts, in November 2003. See more »

Goofs

The song "A chi", played at minute 50.00 when Matteo and Giorgia choose it on the juke-box, was released in 1967 and not before 1966. See more »

Quotes

Andrea Utano: I watch the midnight sun sink towards the horizon, then it stops and doesn't enter the sea. I think of my father, mother, and you, how you've always said that everything is beautiful. I think you were right. Everything is truly beautiful.
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Connections

Referenced in De Avond van de Filmmuziek (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Sonatine, M. 40. First Movement: Modéré
Composed by Maurice Ravel
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Beautiful and touching family story
29 March 2005 | by Travis_Bickle01See all my reviews

I saw this movie a couple of weeks ago. Actually, you can't call it a movie because it's much more than that, it is a kind of mini-series. "La Meglio Gioventu" tells the story of two brothers: Matteo and Niccola. It starts when they are both about 18 years old; two young idealist who want to discover and change the world. What follows is partly Italian history, but mainly the personal history of the two brothers, growing up and finding their way through life.

This is one of the most beautiful, touching and human stories of the latest years. I enjoyed seeing this very much. Six hours may seem a long time but it isn't to tell a story of 50 years. It is wonderful to see both brothers growing up and changing.

The acting is excellent and the story is touching; the director has eye for detail and he manages the capture life in a very unique way. I can only advise everyone to see this. Outstanding! 9/10


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