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La Meglio Gioventù (2003)

Drama | 366 minutes / 400 minutes (miniserie)
4,11 1.671 votes

Genre: Drama

Duration: 366 minuten / 400 minuten (miniserie)

Alternative title: The Best of Youth

Country: Italy

Directed by: Marco Tullio Giordana

Stars: Luigi Lo Cascio, Alessio Boni and Maya Sansa

IMDb score: 8,5 (23.177)

Releasedate: 22 June 2003


La Meglio Gioventù plot

"The Possibilities Were Endless..."

'La Meglio Gioventù' tells the story of an Italian family from the late 1960s to the present. The story focuses on the brothers Nicola and Matteo. In the beginning they share the same dreams, reading and friendships, until at one point they meet Giorgia, a young girl who suffers from mental disorders. Their future is forced to take a different turn. Nicola decides to become a psychiatrist, Matteo gives up his studies and reports to the police.

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Actors and actresses

Nicola Carati

Matteo Carati

Adriana Carati

Giulia Monfalco

Carlo Tommasi

Mirella Utano

Francesca Carati

Giorgia Esposti

Angelo Carati

Giovanna Carati

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avatar van kos


  • 46099 messages
  • 8468 votes

Great movie, lived up to expectations.

I have to admit that I am a sucker for these kinds of movies.

There are certainly things to note about the film, especially that there are too many coincidences in it with regard to the main and secondary characters happen to read something in a newspaper, see a poster by chance etc, chance meeting . but it seems I am not able to approach this in any other way in this case. Doesn't bother me too much either.

Many do not think the film is special, the characters are not interesting, camera work is not special, editing is not optimal, etc. In one way or another I never noticed this for a moment. Typically such a film that reads like a book and where you can completely go along with it, images, acting, music and especially the atmosphere are brilliant.

That language, those typical Italian things, typical habits that are tied to a certain period or age, those great Italian cities and landscapes and above all characters that are very believable (I read a lot about not in-depth characters here, I would like to see some movies where they are that detailed, but ok).

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Fisico (moderator films)

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I watched the six-hour miniseries in one night and it was quite a long one. A little past halfway I had a small dip, but luckily I came back through it after the end. The focus is on a number of characters from an average Italian family. Their lives are portrayed along with a number of important events in Italian history from the 1960s to the present.

The film starts off nicely with the intro of the two very different brothers meeting the mentally ill Giorgia. Giorgia will continue to play a thread through the lives of the brothers throughout the film, even if she is not always present. The human and emotional aspect is highly regarded in La meglio gioventu. Cinematographically, the film is just ordinary, but that is amply compensated by the strong depth of the characters and the associated strong acting by Cascio and Boni. The great thing about the film is that you see the characters evolve throughout their lives. They experience everyday things in life, fall in love, get married, have children, come into contact with death, etc ... The beautiful images of Italy (Firenze/Bologna) were also beautiful. The aging main character and his relationship with his mother is beautiful as is the reunion with her grandson whom she sees for the first time. Touching and not too sentimental. Exactly the right string. It makes La meglio gioventu a top piece for which I gladly spent 6 hours!

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avatar van richiedoom


  • 375 messages
  • 3657 votes

A beautiful epic that I watched in two stages.
This one had been on my list to watch for a long time, because of the listing in the top 250. The first half hour I didn't understand this listing very well, it felt a bit soapy and the story with Giorgia[/spoiler ] I didn't find it that interesting at first. Only from the moment the brothers say goodbye does the story slowly begin to unfold. From that moment on, the film had me hooked.

A big compliment to the acting in this epic, especially the brothers. They continuously know how to deliver a credible performance and you therefore empathize with them. The moment Matteo jumps off the balcony was a wtf moment, it cut into it nicely. Also a beautiful ending.

Downsides? It might be a bit too long, because you can't really watch this all in 1 sitting. And that's a shame, because actually I hate watching movies in stages. On the other hand, I also don't really know where they should have cut. The film looks away as if you were reading a good book. You don't want to put it down, but you can't read it in one sitting.
Giulia couldn't appeal to me as a character either. Could also be partly because I thought she was a very ugly woman, but I couldn't help it that she could leave her family like this. I also thought the fact that Nicola and Giulia's daughter visited her mother so amicably at the end was a bit misplaced. I couldn't imagine.

I'm glad I finally got to see this wonderful movie, haven't regretted it!

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