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  • Summary: The First Beautiful Thing is Italy′s 2010 Academy Award® submission. The film follows a strong and optimistic mother raising her two children against all odds. Throughout grief and pain she teaches her family to remain open and loving and to cherish the little joys in life. ThisThe First Beautiful Thing is Italy′s 2010 Academy Award® submission. The film follows a strong and optimistic mother raising her two children against all odds. Throughout grief and pain she teaches her family to remain open and loving and to cherish the little joys in life. This beautiful and touching comedic drama from acclaimed Italian director Paolo Virzì is filled with unforgettable and emotional true-to-life performances. (Palisade Tartan) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Apr 14, 2011
    90
    Comedy and poignancy weave together in Mr. Virzì's hands, but the maudlin meter only occasionally goes into the red zone. And Ms. Pandolfi gives such an exquisitely understated performance that you don't realize until the very end that the film was as much about her character as it was about Bruno and Anna.
  2. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    Apr 15, 2011
    85
    It's fair to say that men in general and ardent Catholics in particular don't come off well. Yet even they are humanized by the movie's merciful temper, and by a cast of damaged ancillary characters wearing eccentric goodwill on their sleeves.
  3. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Jun 9, 2011
    63
    The First Beautiful Thing is the kind of movie - that escapes the sick room to cavort at carnivals and eat cotton candy until the inevitable relapse.
  4. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Apr 12, 2011
    60
    Virzì's delicate touch and the cast's uniformly captivating performances make that reckoning a lovely, charmingly melancholy thing to watch.
  5. 60
    Spans four decades of a troubled family with enough gentle pathos and sly humor to compensate for a less than original storyline.
  6. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Apr 15, 2011
    50
    Overall, however, it's sappy and predictable -- fun to watch, perhaps, but instantly forgettable.
  7. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Apr 12, 2011
    40
    This was Italy's official submission for Best Foreign Film to the 2011 Academy Awards (a red flag more often than not), and, sure enough there's little here that rises above middlebrow.

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