The Way We Laughed
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Gianni Amelio directed this powerful drama that focuses on the relationship between two brothers as their goals and ideals drift apart over the course of seven years, each of which is represented by a single day. Giovanni (Enrico Lo Verso), an uneducated laborer from Southern Italy, arrives in Turin, where his younger brother Pietro (Francesco Guiffrida) is studying to be a teacher. Giovanni sees the bright Pietro as his family's best hope for making their way out of poverty, and he goes to work to support his brother so that Pietro can focus on his studies. But as time goes on,… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"To watch Gianni Amelio's luminous The Way We Laughed is to reconnect with Italian cinema in all its richness of emotion and command of expressive gesture."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"This is the kind of European film you rarely see anymore, with characters and circumstances that are easily debatable. Two viewers may never reach the same conclusion about the film."
‑ Marta Barber, Miami Herald
"It's a damn impressive trick to build a film around narrative frustration and not cause your audience to run out screaming."
‑ Saul Austerlitz, Film Threat
"It's tragic, sad and deeply moving."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Apollo Guide
"It's hard to argue with the stunning lead performances by Enrico Lo Verso and Francesco Giuffrida."
‑ Bilge Ebiri, Citysearch
"A haunting, richly textured film that, like the Italian director's unforgettable Lamerica, dramatizes the plight of poverty on an epic scale."
‑ Damon Smith, Boston Globe
"The making of this picture is so sure that hope for Amelio, for his future, is almost forced on us."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"An unusual, tremendously moving film that nicely assumes we can read between the pictures."
‑ Kim Morgan, Oregonian
"Beautifully made and performed, this is a film of considerable insight into both the life of the impoverished and the mystery of human personality."
‑ David Ehrenstein, New Times
"All perspective on the characters and situations are dissolved, leaving the audience with little more than some lovely photography to enjoy."
‑ Jon Alon Walz, Boxoffice Magazine
"... a masterpiece about filial love and the horrors of poverty."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"More frustrating than gripping thanks to the fractured, often confusing narrative and the director's pro-pensity for extremely long takes."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"Amelio ... understands the loneliness, suspicion and uncertainty that plague immigrants in a land where they can't get familiar work or speak a familiar tongue."
‑ Lawrence Toppman, Charlotte Observer
"The absorbing tale, in the rich dialect of Southern Italy (and not in standard Italian), is ... well-written and acted."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
"Surprisingly accessible and always engaging, if ultimately tragic."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
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