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Best Of Youth, The (2003)
Genre: Romance Drama (Italy)
Starring: Luigi Lo Cascio (Don't Tell • The Best Day of My Life), Alessio Boni (The Tourist • Sanguepazzo)
Directed By: Marco Tullio Giordana (Pasolini, un delitto italiano • One Hundred Steps)
Overview: This is the tale of two Italian brothers through 40 years of their lives, loves and losses.
I suspect that the problem with Human Drama films is in the characters. You're either into the lives of these everyday people, or you aren't. If you aren't a fan of angry loner policemen or joyous family-oriented psychiatrists, then suddenly, a film crowned by interesting historical events just isn't for you. I found Matteo's life far more fascinating, but because of his personality, an in-depth study couldn't be done because of the very nature of this private character. We follow more closely the open, honest and eloquent Nicola, a character whose life was a pleasure to watch, but not nearly as exciting. Nonetheless, this will certainly not deter me from my explorations of other Italian 1001-listers The Leopard (over 3 hours) and Rocco and His Brothers (2 ½ hours), films which share this plot style of a family-in-the-life.
In short, The Best of Youth is the perfect example of the sort of film that deserves praise but that I nonetheless wanted to get sucked into far more than I really did.
Performance: 8 Cinematography: 8 Script: 8 Plot: 7 Mood: 7
Overall Rating: 76% (Perhaps Not The VERY Best, But Still Fresh)
In my opinion, The Best of Youth is the sort of film, the sort of mini-series, that every country needs to export. Imagine seeing a story montage of 40 years of Madagascar's history as seen by one of its families, or Poland, or Sweden, or Mongolia... ok maybe not Mongolia, but a place where history frequently shifted and help create a canvas for the palette that are the country’s individuals.