The First Beautiful Thing 2012 NR

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This beautiful and touching comedic drama from acclaimed Italian director Paolo Virz (La Bella Vita) is filled with unforgettable and emotional true-to-life performances.

Starring:
Valerio Mastandrea, Micaela Ramazzotti
Runtime:
2 hours 4 minutes

The First Beautiful Thing

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By CARLOS ROMERO on December 26, 2012
Format: DVD
"La prima cosa bella" ("The First Beautiful Thing") from 2010, and by acclaimed director Paolo Virzi. In "La prima cosa bella" an estranged son is reunited with his dying mother, where he is trying to come to terms with his past and accept his mother for whom she is. This was a bittersweet and touching comedy-drama. It is very symbolic of the Italian people's longing for an era of supposed simpler times (looking to the past), when the nuclear family was still unchanged, more or less. The character of 'Anna Nigiotti' was especially important in this respect. Her cheerful outlook on life (she taught the children popular songs), and stubborn willingness to overcome setbacks on her own terms, including using her beauty and feminine charm to provide for her two kids, was emblematic (simultaneously) of the traditionally-bound mother and of the modern independent-minded woman of today (Anna Magnani and Sophia Loren: were cinematic embodiments of this very 'mythic' symbol). 'Anna' did her best to shield her children from the ugly truth and unpleasantness of real-life. This created some bitterness and resentment in her son 'Bruno'. The other characters were also very interesting and amusing too, especially 'Valeria's' husband - who talked incessantly on everything and nothing (this is a prominent feature in Paolo Virzi's films: see the also excellent "Caterina va in citta" from 2003). The film had sumptuous cinematography, and recreated the Italy of the early 70's (in Livorno), with nostalgic abandonment.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barry M. Smith on May 28, 2012
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Really enjoyed this movie. Directed by the excellent Paolo Virzi, this will make you laugh and bring a tear to your eye. Superb performances especially by Stefania Sandrelli. If you like your drama Italian style, this is not to be missed.
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