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Running Time:
1 hour 48 minutes

Rating: Unrated

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
An intensely cinematic and incredibly incisive film about the dreams and disillusionments of the 60�s and 70�s in Italy, from the talented director of "The Best of Youth."


My Brother is an Only Child
The film is the story of two brothers from a poor but hard-working blue-collar family, who want to change the world � but each of them in completely different ways. The elder, Manrico (Riccardo Scarmaccio "The Best of Youth"), is a handsome, charismatic firebrand who becomes the prime mover in the local Communist party which he initially joined in part to meet women. Accio, (Elio Germano "Napoleon & Me") is the younger, more rebellious brother, who many years after the demise of Mussolini, joins the Fascist party during the 1960s simply to be contrary to his brother, the Communist, and to justify his reputation as a bully.

What starts as a typical tale of sibling rivalry becomes the story of the polarizing and paralyzing politics of those turbulent times and, the rift between the brothers is further intensified when Accio realizes that he loves his brother�s girlfriend, Francesca (Diane Fleri "But Forever in My Mind") who, like everyone else, is blind to Manrico�s increasingly dangerous ideas.

The film was written by the authors of the screenplay for "The Best of Youth," Sandro Petraglia, Stefano Rulli, and Daniele Luchetti, from novel �Il Fasciocomunista� by Antonio Pennacchi. This intensely cinematic and incredibly incisive film directed by Daniele Luchetti ("The Best of Youth") is full of romantic interests, including a seduction of the woman-starved Accio, who had been hitting on his brother�s girlfriend, making for a jaunty story with a taught, moving and tragic climax, but with a final uplifting conclusion.






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