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Truth be told, The Best of Youth has some of the limitations of made-for-TV fare, from the simplicity of its themes to its cheap-looking makeup. (Those beards are not convincing.) But by the time you've spent a couple of hours with these characters, you're deeply invested in their joys and sorrows. At that point the measured pace begins to feel like the rhythm of life, and the people onscreen a mirror of ourselves. It's probably true that the cultural references and specific historic events will have more resonance for Italians than other viewers, but everything translates. Director Marco Tullo Giordana maintains the tone by allowing details to accumulate, and the location shooting, including a stint at the cinematically rich island of Stromboli, is consistently rich (his sampling of the music from Jules and Jim feels like a shortcut somehow, but who could argue that the music isn't perfectly in key with the melancholy mood?). The final act delivers an emotional coup de grace that has been thoroughly earned. And you'll feel like you earned it, too, having spent six hours with this moving film. --Robert Horton
Amazing movie with an amazing story of two brothers, 100% worth the time. I recommend it to everyone I know.Published 1 month ago by victor ricci
This is a masterpiece!!! Following this family and their friends through many years and different historical phases is a rich, moving, beautiful experience. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Monica D.C.
One of my favorite movies. Have watched it several times in both English and Italian. Captures the essence of an important cultural time and the characters are GREAT!Published 2 months ago by Don S
This compilation of 6 hours of Italian television is one of the best stories i have ever experienced, English or Italian.Published 3 months ago by Diane
One of the best Italian movies I've seen. Long, but character development and storyline is awesome. A must see, eve for those who read subtitles.Published 4 months ago by Grace
This is a film too short at 6 hours. It distills many of the joys and sorrows of our lives with a beautiful artistry, treating characters with love but unafraid to portray them... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Patrick
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Ben, is it House of the Rising Sun by The Animals?
Mar 5, 2010 by A Reader | See all 13 posts
Probably not if bought in the US. The product details only say English subtitles. The 2-3 times I've rent it for $1 I don't recall other subtitle options,but am not entirely 100% sure.
Oct 12, 2009 by Poco fan | See all 3 posts
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