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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OMG OMG OMG OMG. Greatest series ever. How amazing that you are showing it. Not going to expound on this one, just watch it for a gorgeous history of Italy since the late 60s to the new century as experienced by one family.
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!
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
"[As] seductive as a towering work of narrative fiction, in the same way that Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude and Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children give themselves to the people of Colombia and India, respectively. Giordana weaves a delicate tapestry of human ecstasy and misery, paralleling the ups and downs of a family with the rise and fall of a country." - Ed Gonzalez, Slant. 3.5 stars
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.