The Best of Youth (La meglio gioventý)
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The Best of Youth (La meglio gioventý)
Directed by Marco Tullio Giordana and La Meglio Gioventu, this film chronicles the youth, emotional development, and milestone events in the lives of brothers Nicola (Luigi Lo Cascio and Matteo Carti (Alessio Boni) between 1966 and the early 2000s. Despite being polar opposites -- Nicola is a free spirited, romantic psychiatrist; Matteo is an angst-ridden idealist and member of the Italian police force -- the brothers stay connected through the nature of life, family, and time, even during their long periods of separation from one another.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Unfolds like a novel full of characters we can't help but care about."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"Revealing too much of the narrative would spoil the pleasure of learning where Matteo and Nicola find themselves. "Youth" sells us on the idea that life is a gift and that beauty and rejuvenation can come from even seemingly unbearable lows."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"The Best of Youth is no masterpiece, but it has enough truthful, moving moments to make it worthwhile."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"a story that's less like fiction and more like the way that families (and countries) actually age."
‑ Chris Barsanti,
"Traces the quiet failures and proud struggles of everyday lives caught up like driftwood in the currents of history . . . conjures up an exultant, slice-of-life authenticity."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"When the movie concludes, you can talk about these characters as if you actually know them -- which won't be far from the truth."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"You weep, laugh, celebrate and mourn with the characters throughout the six hours, which at once seem like an eternity and an instant."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"Works in the engrossing fashion of a good pulpy novel ... using whiskery melodramatic staples to digress into a whole slew of differing scenarios and moods."
‑ Andrew Wright, The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
"This epic elegy to family and country is a towering work of narrative fiction."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"By the end, we know these characters so well that just seeing any two of them meet draws tears"
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
"Few films have ever made better use of combining social and political history with romantic melodrama and suspense."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"An astonishing, deeply engrossing Italian family saga that happens to be six hours long."
‑ Jack Garner, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
"a touchstone of Italian cinema"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"With the six-hour running time, Giordana gets the space to let the characters live and let their shared story unfold like a good novel."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"It maintains a defiant optimism that the actions of individuals matter."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
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