Mio Fratello  Figlio Unico (My Brother Is an Only Child)
Mio Fratello Figlio Unico (My Brother Is an Only Child) (2007)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 20, 2007
DVD Release Date: August 5, 2008
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Luchetti takes advantage of the storyline's historical context without sacrificing his cast's fine performances or the script's light wit.

Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

The film, which argues that blood brotherhood is stronger than political brotherhoods, vibrates with their youthful energy and ardor.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

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.

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Actors Germano and Scamarcio turn in magnificent, multilayered acting jobs.

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Philip Marchand
Toronto Star

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.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

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.

Peter Bradshaw

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.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Sometimes, under a torrent of social pressures, water runs faster, if not thicker, than blood, and even the strongest bonds drown in the flood.

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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review

A merry swirl of vital, passionate performances.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Stefanie C
differing political ideologies of communism versus fascism can not sever the bonds between two brothers. very moving and well acted film.
Panta Oz
In this movie everything seems right... it was well directed by Daniele Luchetti, perfectly written by him and Sandro Petraglia with Stefano Rulli and all roles… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"There's nothing in the middle of road but yellow lines and dead armadillos." - Jim Hightower[/font] [font=Century… More
William Goss
A rushed coming-of-age drama; call it 'The Second Best of Youth.'
John Ballantine
Another fabulous film out of Italy that is a picture of the politics of the era when extreme points of view were advocated by those who would seek to deal with… More
Tom S.
Great cast. Can't wait to see more from them.