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  • Summary: Already a smash in its native Italy, My Brother is an Only Child, which was presented at this year's Cannes and Toronto film festivals, reunites director Daniele Luchetti with longtime collaborators Sandro Petraglia and Stefano Rulli, best known as screenwriters of the highly acclaimed The Best of Youth. Set in a small Italian town in the '60s and '70s, the film tells the story of two brothers who want to change the world--but in completely different ways. The elder, Manrico, is a handsome, charismatic firebrand who becomes the prime mover in the local Communist party. Accio, the younger, more rebellious brother, finds his own contrarian voice by joining the reactionary Fascists. What starts as a typical tale of sibling rivalry becomes a story of the polarizing and paralyzing politics of those turbulent times. The rift between the brothers is further intensified when Accio realizes that he loves his brother's girlfriend, Francesca, who like everyone else is blind to Manrico's increasingly dangerous ideas. (THINKFilm) Collapse
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
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  1. Moviegoers of a certain age may feel as though they are watching a lost Bertolucci film.
  2. Reviewed by: Ross Bennett
    Thanks to the captivating performances, this is well worth checking out.
  3. 75
    Though it's well-cast and convincingly captures the look and feel of its era, the film loses steam as Accio's story meanders to a predictable conclusion.
  4. Reviewed by: Sid Smith
    It’s a history lesson, a look at ’60s strife inside a corner far removed from our more familiar American images of that era. It’s also brightly performed, from sullen, boorish, yet charismatic Scamarcio to the instinctive, charming, infuriating characterization by Germano.
  5. 70
    A lively minor addendum to the grand tradition of Italian fraternal cinema.
  6. What makes My Brother Is an Only Child so alive and entertaining is how it dramatizes the endless tug-of-war between political conviction and personal experience--the way the lines twist and blur and finally implode.
  7. Reviewed by: Michael Atkinson
    The rough-and-tumble tone is bitterly entertaining but in the end doesn't contribute to a convincing historical portrait, and a pileup of half-baked resolutions spoils the buzz.

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  1. NovakG.
    Apr 1, 2008
    Deeply engaging, clever and funny movie.Acting is superb! No need to say that, at some point, I had a huge sympathy for the younger brother who is fascist, even though I have always been on the other -left-side... Expand