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The Big Dream (2009)

Il grande sogno (original title)
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Italian Revolution, 1968. Police officer, Nicolas, wants to become an actor. He goes out in plain clothes and meets Laura who is among students against the government, Vietnam War and who ... See full summary »

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Michele Placido
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Cast

Credited cast:
Riccardo Scamarcio ... Nicola
Jasmine Trinca ... Laura
Luca Argentero ... Libero
Massimo Popolizio ... Domenico
Alessandra Acciai Alessandra Acciai ... Francesca
Dajana Roncione ... Isabella
Federica Vincenti ... Rosa
Brenno Placido Brenno Placido ... Giulio (as Marco Brenno)
Marco Iermanò Marco Iermanò ... Andrea
Silvio Orlando ... Colonnello carabinieri
Laura Morante ... Maddalena
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nicola Acunzo Nicola Acunzo
Viviana Altieri Viviana Altieri
Gigi Angelillo Gigi Angelillo
Luca Avagliano Luca Avagliano
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Italian Revolution, 1968. Police officer, Nicolas, wants to become an actor. He goes out in plain clothes and meets Laura who is among students against the government, Vietnam War and who seek sexual freedom. One day, his identity gets exposed and she leaves him. Written by Pusan International Film Festival

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Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

11 September 2009 (Italy) See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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EUR10,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,731,185
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1.85 : 1
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It was one of the five Italian films pre-selected as the Best Foreign Film submission for the 82nd Academy Awards, along with Baarìa (2009), Fort Apache Napoli (2009), We Can Do That (2008) and Vincere (2009). See more »

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Lost in 1968
25 September 2009 | by julianbarbieriSee all my reviews

I'm sorry to report that Michele Placido's "Il Grande Sogno" is a mess. It meanders from one predictable point to another even more predictable. Perhaps the most frustrating aspect is that Placido tries to pass on this pastiche as a serious personal memory. Nono of it clicks, everything looks and feels like a sentimental invention. Riccardo Scamarcio has an interesting face but he's just plain boring on the screen because I can't believe anything he says or does. Jasmine Trinca is a very special actress but she has a soap opera character to play. She gives it dignity and her effort is to be applauded but why, just tell me why Placido had to show her naked, a total full frontal in the most gratuitous fashion imaginable. Luca Argentero on the other hand is engaging and convincing and although I couldn't believe in his character I believed in him. "Il Grande Sogno" is a long, pretentious and altogether pointless film. Why was it in competition at Venice?


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