The Best of Youth (La meglio gioventý)
The Best of Youth (La meglio gioventý) (2003)

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… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: June 22, 2003
DVD Release Date: February 7, 2006
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Earns its 6 hours running time by telling an engrossing story with compelling characters.

Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

Unfolds like a novel full of characters we can't help but care about.

Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

Its point is this: That every nation, like a family, is made up of many people who are often at odds with one another, but that ultimately, we are all one.

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Nick Rogers

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.

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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

When the movie concludes, you can talk about these characters as if you actually know them -- which won't be far from the truth.

Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

A family that seems as real as your own relatives.

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Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

You weep, laugh, celebrate and mourn with the characters throughout the six hours, which at once seem like an eternity and an instant.

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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

Few films have ever made better use of combining social and political history with romantic melodrama and suspense.

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John Terauds
Toronto Star

Despite many charming elements, this movie is not an example of good storytelling.

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Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

An astonishing, deeply engrossing Italian family saga that happens to be six hours long.

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Flixster Audience Score: 98% Flixster User Reviews
familiar stranger
When I stumbled upon this movie, its length amazed me. But more than that I was amazed by its viewers' (and critics) rating. Although it didn't belong… More
Cameron Johnson
"Youth: The Greatest Hits". I can't help but think of that when I see this film's title (Well, "Is someone getting the best, the best,… More
Stefanie C
Inspired by a Pasolini poetry collection, this is a stunning cinematic opus spanning 40 years in the Carati family. Italian culture, North and South, is… More
John Ballantine
Park yourself down and see the entire three hours of this epic. It is very very very worth it! One of the best films I have seen come out of Italy.
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"The Best of Youth" starts in 1966 as brothers Nicola(Luigi Lo Cascio) and Matteo(Alessio Boni) are about to go on summer… More
Joey Nevarez
OK, so anyone will tell you it's 6 hours long and in Italian. But this a rich film and is only dry in a couple of spots. I love the culture, and you feel… More