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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While Nicola is the heart and backbone of the story, the thing that elevates it is the mystery of Matteo. That's the thing you puzzle over after the movie is done. I didn't just get up and get on with my life after I saw it. I was genuinely moved by it. 8 hours after finishing it, I still can't get it out of my head and I don't want to.
(...)Von mir aus hätte La Meglio Gioventu noch drei Stunden andauern dürfen. Ist es nicht so, dass die Begrenzung von zwei Stunden aus den meisten Filmen Kurzgeschichten werden lässt? Hier aber kommt ein Roman!(...)
what I took away from this story is how different personalities' paths on improving their society. The big sister went on the canonical way in being a judge. Matteo and Giulla were both extreme and passionate loners. One chose the side of authority (I think due to the incidence of Giorgia taken by police) but Giulla chose the revolutinary. Nicola is intelligent, observant and detail-oriented. From the same incide...
"Although Italian history plays a big part in TBOY the story is as much about personalities and personal choices as it is events and issues. Life decisions, and the motivations for them, are really what's at the core of the story. All of the major characters are faced with important choices that often have their roots in some of the tectonic shifts that took place in Italian society." - Cary Watson, Jettison Cocoon
So many little moments that stick in my mind: Matteo on his balcony; the friends singing "Anatomia" to the tune of "Amado Mio;" an Oscar for Best Appearance by a Ghost in a Feature Film; and Nicola smiling, always smiling understandingly. A tour de force of acting, scripting, and cinematography. I feel fortunate to have made it through all the hours.