The Way We Laughed
The Way We Laughed (1998)

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),… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1998
DVD Release Date: January 20, 2004
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Marta Barber
Miami Herald

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.

Saul Austerlitz
Film Threat

It's a damn impressive trick to build a film around narrative frustration and not cause your audience to run out screaming.

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Damon Smith
Boston Globe

A haunting, richly textured film that, like the Italian director's unforgettable Lamerica, dramatizes the plight of poverty on an epic scale.

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

The making of this picture is so sure that hope for Amelio, for his future, is almost forced on us.

Kim Morgan
Oregonian

An unusual, tremendously moving film that nicely assumes we can read between the pictures.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

... a masterpiece about filial love and the horrors of poverty.

Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

More frustrating than gripping thanks to the fractured, often confusing narrative and the director's pro-pensity for extremely long takes.

Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer

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.

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