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My Brother Is an Only Child (2007)

Mio fratello è figlio unico (original title)
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Two brothers come of age in a small Italian town in the '60s and '70s.

Director:

Daniele Luchetti

Writers:

Antonio Pennacchi (novel), Daniele Luchetti (story and screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elio Germano ... Accio Benassi
Riccardo Scamarcio ... Manrico Benassi
Angela Finocchiaro ... Amelia Benassi
Massimo Popolizio ... Ettore Benassi
Ascanio Celestini Ascanio Celestini ... Padre Cavalli
Diane Fleri ... Francesca
Alba Rohrwacher ... Violetta Benassi
Vittorio Emanuele Propizio Vittorio Emanuele Propizio ... Accio adolescent
Claudio Botosso Claudio Botosso ... Prof. Montagna
Antonino Bruschetta ... Segretario Bombacci (as Ninni Bruschetta)
Anna Bonaiuto ... Bella Nastri
Luca Zingaretti ... Mario Nastri
Pasquale Sammarco Pasquale Sammarco ... Padre Tosi
Lorenzo Pagani Lorenzo Pagani ... Bertini
Matteo Sacchi Matteo Sacchi ... Ragazzo Biliardino
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Storyline

Two brothers come of age in the 1960s in a town south of Rome. Manrico is handsome, sometimes feckless, a leftist making the revolution. His younger brother Accio ("Bully") is a seminarian when the story beings, soon home studying Latin and joining the Fascists. Francesca, an aristocratic student, becomes Manrico's lover and Accio's friend. Over the next ten years, these three experience family, love, attraction, politics, and the challenges of adult responsibility. Subplots include Nastri, a father figure and political guide to Accio, Nastri's wife Bella who guides Accio in other ways, and the brothers' parents and sister, who are dazzled by Manrico's charm while depending on Accio. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »
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Country:

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Language:

Italian

Release Date:

20 April 2007 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Mon frère est fils unique See more »

Filming Locations:

Latina, Lazio, Italy See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,357, 30 March 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$251,004, 20 July 2008
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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A witty and charming family drama
14 April 2008 | by AntibodySee all my reviews

The political backdrop of this 60s character drama is both nostalgic and frightening - that disaffected and rebellious Accio finds himself so easily taken in by a Fascist mentor strikes parallels with the our own young men turning to extremism or street violence in a search of identity. Accio clashes dramatically with his older brother, the hip, good-looking communist, but the story not so much about political ideals as their expression of familial jealousies and personal moral development.

The tensions and affections of this struggling working class family, portrayed by all with genuine emotion. The dialogue is witty and charming and not unlike other memorable Italian films (Il Postino, Cinema Paradiso) the characters come across almost too resoundingly. This gives the film a well-crafted theatrical quality, that is engaging, well-paced and very satisfying.


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