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A Second Childhood (2010)

Una sconfinata giovinezza (original title)
Lino Settembre and his wife Chicca lead a tranquil married life without any serious problems. They are satisfied with their careers. He's the sports editor at the Messenger and she's a ... See full summary »

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Pupi Avati

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Pupi Avati
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Fabrizio Bentivoglio ... Lino
Francesca Neri ... Francesca
Serena Grandi ... Zia Amabile
Gianni Cavina Gianni Cavina ... Preda
Lino Capolicchio ... Emilio
Manuela Morabito Manuela Morabito ... Teta
Erika Blanc ... Vedova
Osvaldo Ruggieri Osvaldo Ruggieri ... Neurologo
Isa Barzizza Isa Barzizza
Vincenzo Crocitti Vincenzo Crocitti ... Don Nico
Martine Brochard
Guia Zapponi Guia Zapponi ... Ragazza del treno
Maria Cristina Heller ... Zia Bona
Brian Fenzi Brian Fenzi ... Lino da bambino
Tiziana Foschi Tiziana Foschi
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Lino Settembre and his wife Chicca lead a tranquil married life without any serious problems. They are satisfied with their careers. He's the sports editor at the Messenger and she's a professor of medieval languages at the Universita' Gregoriana. The only true disappointment in their 25 years of marriage has been the lack of children. They used the situation to strengthen their marriage instead of letting it become real problem. But now, in a totally unexpected way, they're presented with a big worry: Lino is having some really serious memory problems that little by little get worse and start to interrupt the routine of their daily lives and activities both at home and at work. At first both Lino and Chicca decide to laugh it off but the problem manifests itself more and more until, after careful attention and in-depth medical exams, they receive the diagnosis of degenerative brain disease that's destroying his brain. Written by Keith

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

8 October 2010 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Una sconfinata giovinezza See more »

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Duea Film, Rai Cinema See more »
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2.35 : 1
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A touching portrayal
1 April 2011 | by Gordon-11See all my reviews

This film is about a renowned sports writer who behaves increasingly erratically as time progresses.

"The Second Childhood" is a touching portrayal of a man who refuses to face his Alzheimer's disease, and a wife who refuses to give up caring for her husband. THe portrayal of Alzheimer's disease is quite heartbreaking, as we see him becoming disorganised, aggressive, and ultimately got taken advantage of. It is a stark reminder of how scary Alzheimer's disease can be, not knowing where you are and even who you are when you wake up. The love of the wife is also commendable, and this film brings awareness to the many nameless carers who are battling and coping with a loved one's condition. Though there are other films about dementia that are even more touching than this, "The Second Childhood" is an adequate drama to expand awareness into the disabling condition.


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