A historical saga set in Italy spanning from 1966 to 2000, The Best of Youth focuses on the life and loves of two brothers as they cross an era of turbulent upheaval, from wild, revolutionary youth into adulthood.
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I saw THE BEST OF YOUTH when it came out, that was a while ago, but I remember it wasn't bad, maybe a little bit cliche if you've seen as many Italian family epics as I have. Big time investment, these Italian family epics, and like a TV series, they require the viewer to actually care about this particular Italian family. But if you're willing to drink the Kool-ade, go for it. Or watch ROCCO & HIS BROTHERS instead.
I got sucked into this story almost immediately, and it did not let me go. One of the main reasons that it took such a strong hold on me was that it didn't make a lot of the mistakes that films like this normally do. 1. No gangsters 2. Strong female characters 3. Talks about social and philosophical issues in a meaningful way 4. Not everything is explained 5. Not a tear jerker 6. Consistent acting
I decided to watch this film because I read really good reviews. At first I thought it would be boring but it became one of the most wonderful films I've ever seen! It's so human, we feel such an empathy with the characters that we almost believe they're our own friends. It also reminded me my own life and I can't wait to see part 2. Masterpiece!
4.5 Wow, thanks MUBI. Great actors as the brothers. Matteo is afraid to feel anything, and wants a rulebook for life. Nicola is "simpatico" and eager to help people experience their feelings. Where their lives take them as a result of their personalities seems organic and masterfully plotted. Only the trajectory of Nicola's wife seems a bit far-fetched, but the second half may prove me wrong.
Best of Youth were the best five hours I've ever spent in front of the television - it was like watching my own life unfold. This film was a like comet from the epic masterpiece movie solar system, rarely to be seen again!
The film lacks substance and the execution leaves a lot to be desired. It is disjointed and considering its length, is surprisingly superficial . Too many flaws prevent the film from achieving greatness.
Most importantly, the first part of the film, the "youth", was rather weak and fails to establish a ground for the rest of the film.
The high point occurs when the focus is set on Matteo in the second part.