Mio Fratello  Figlio Unico (My Brother Is an Only Child)
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Mio Fratello Figlio Unico (My Brother Is an Only Child)
Growing up in small-town Italy during the '60s and '70s, brothers Accio (Elio Germano) and Manrico (Riccardo Scamarcio) embody and celebrate opposing political stances, but share an impassioned love of the same woman that threatens to drive them to blows. Director Daniele Luchetti's political comedy Mio Fratello Figlio Unico (aka My Brother Is an Only Child, 2007) observes the brothers over the course of 15 years, against the ever-shifting backdrop of tumultuous Italian sociopolitical history. During that time span, the siblings' loyalties will fluctuate; they will endure… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film, which argues that blood brotherhood is stronger than political brotherhoods, vibrates with their youthful energy and ardor."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"You don't need a degree in political science to love this film...The film entertainingly demonstrates that the bonds of blood are stronger than those of ideology."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Actors Germano and Scamarcio turn in magnificent, multilayered acting jobs."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"It's an engrossing political love story, with a strong sense of the shadings within the daily lives of these characters."
‑ Paul Byrnes, Sydney Morning Herald
"The performances are astonishing, perhaps enabled by the flawless script."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"The linkage in this movie between politics and family dynamics is a point well taken, but the movie -- whose sense of frenetic activity going nowhere is captured by Luchetti's buoyant camera -- does go on and on before anyone learns anything."
‑ Philip Marchand, Toronto Star
"That it clicks is largely due to the daredevil chemistry of the actors playing the brothers, who can be a handful whenever they're together."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"Daniele Luchetti's fluent, heartfelt Italian picture is the story of two brothers born after the war, who come of age in the 1960s and drift apart in the paranoid, violent, sour political atmosphere of Italy in the 70s."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Fast-paced, well-acted and acute about sibling rivalry, the film nonetheless fails to leave a strong impression."
‑ Jake Wilson, The Age (Australia)
"Despite the awards pedigree, the drama is a bit of a slog at times, with Accio taking seemingly ages to come of age, but nobody said growing up was easy."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"Sometimes, under a torrent of social pressures, water runs faster, if not thicker, than blood, and even the strongest bonds drown in the flood."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Director Daniele Luchetti's strategy is to personify the long-standing divisions of his homeland in a pair of siblings, but make the characters so vital that we don't feel we're being browbeaten with political allegory."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"A merry swirl of vital, passionate performances."
‑ Jonathan Kiefer, Sacramento News & Review
"This is such a lovely film from writer/director Daniele Luchetti, nostalgic perhaps, but with that indefinable Italian whimsy that takes serious political themes and undermines them beautifully."
‑ Margaret Pomeranz, At the Movies (Australia)
""Only Child" is both funny and heartbreaking, and incredibly adept at shifting between lighter and darker tones."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)

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