My Brother is an Only Child


Read about this film in Cyn Collins’s Daily Planet review, “21 films in 11 days.”



This bright, vividly drawn family drama involves two radically different brothers taking divergent paths in the tumultuous ‘60s; younger Accio takes up with a Fascist organization while his brother Manrico is a dedicated leftist. With the aid of fellow screenwriters Sandro Petraglia and Stefano Rulli (the team behind 2003’s critical hit The Best of Youth), director Daniele Luchetti has crafted a touching and comedic political coming-of-age tale.

Set in a small Italian town south of Rome, My Brother Is an Only Child follows two brothers who are divided by wildly different personalities and opposing political beliefs. Accio (Elio Germano in a delightful performance) is a charismatic young smart-aleck with aspirations of joining the priesthood. Under the tutelage of Mario (Luca Zingaretti), the well-regarded local Fascist leader, Accio breaks with his liberal, working class family, while Accioís older brother, Manrico (Italian dreamboat Riccardo Scamarcio), the favored son, garners local attention as a Communist demonstrator. With a stellar cast, intimate, largely handheld cinematography and a collection of ‘60s and ‘70s pop hits, Luchetti illuminates a troubled time and still troubled in Italian history, using loveable characters and an optimistic attitude that fills the screen.

(In Italian w/ Eng. subtitles)


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