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Movie Review: My Brother is an Only Child (Mio fratello è figlio unico)

Alternate Title: I am My Brother's Keeper

Story: If you were going to come of age - there was no better time than the turbulent '60s. Italian director Daniele Luchetti recreates the economic, social and political struggles of post-Fascist Italy using the age old sibling rivalry friction to define it all. The film was written by Sandro Petraglia, Stefano Rulli and Mr. Luchetti and is based on the novel “Il Fasciocomunista” by Antonio Pennacchi.

The young brothers represent extremes of post war Italy from the Communists to the Neo-Fascists. Their contentious relationship is magnified by their polar opposite views of the world. The film is filled with heartwarming vignettes of life and love for the struggling underclass. There are also moments of laughter, pathos and satire.

I cared about all of the characters and empathized with their struggles. Lungamente vive la rivoluzione!

Acting: Elio Germano as Accio, the narrator was exceptional. Riccardo Scamarcio as the older, more handsome Manrico was also terrific and very very nice to look at. Diane Fleri as the love interest, Francesca was great. Angela Finocchiaro as the Mother was wonderful as was Massimo Popolizio as the Father. A special kudos to the boy who played the youthful Accio, Vittorio Emanuele Propizio.

Predilection: None

Critters: Livestock

Food: Everyone in Italy eats fine food. Yummy.

Sex Spectrum: Sex during a revolution seems hotter.

Opening Titles: Titles at the end.

Visual Art: A fine recreation of posters and signs of the times.

Theater Audience: About 20 other former Revolutionary placard carrying theater goers. I saw this film at the Quad Cinema on April 5, 2008.

Weather: The weather in Italy was very nice. The setting is bout 40 miles outside of Rome.

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 0

Squirm Scale: Fascists are brutal.

Drift Factor: I was attentive throughout.

Predictability Level: Moderate

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: No

Big Screen or Rental: Rental would be fine.

Length: Under two hours