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      The Best of Youth

      R Released Aug 30, 2003 5h 58m Drama List
      94% Tomatometer 62 Reviews 98% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings Two close-knit brothers, Nicola (Luigi Lo Cascio) and Matteo (Alessio Boni), are buffeted by the social and political upheavals that rock their native Italy during the 1960s and '70s as they navigate their way into adulthood, marriage and middle age. Along the way, Nicola meets Giulia (Sonia Bergamasco), the love of his life whose political beliefs take precedence over her personal happiness, while Matteo falls for the lovely photographer-turned-librarian Mirella (Maya Sansa). Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Earns its 6 hours running time by telling an engrossing story with compelling characters.

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      Ed Gonzalez Slant Magazine This epic elegy to family and country is a towering work of narrative fiction. Rated: 4/4 Feb 5, 2006 Full Review Lisa Kennedy Denver Post Unfolds like a novel full of characters we can't help but care about. Rated: 3.5/4 Jul 29, 2005 Full Review Terry Lawson Detroit Free Press Few films have ever made better use of combining social and political history with romantic melodrama and suspense. Rated: 4/4 Jun 24, 2005 Full Review Nick Rogers Midwest Film Journal Revealing too much of the narrative would spoil the pleasure of learning where Matteo and Nicola find themselves. "Youth" sells us on the idea that life is a gift and that beauty and rejuvenation can come from even seemingly unbearable lows. Rated: 4/4 Sep 25, 2010 Full Review Joe Lozito Big Picture Big Sound Rated: 4/4 Jul 14, 2007 Full Review Phil Villarreal Arizona Daily Star You weep, laugh, celebrate and mourn with the characters throughout the six hours, which at once seem like an eternity and an instant. Rated: 4/4 May 13, 2007 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Bert M I felt 6 hours was a long time for this movie which to me was good, but not great. I mean Gone with the Wind which is a classic is only 4 hours. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 10/28/22 Full Review Audience Member Together with Heimat, the best movie. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review Audience Member I watched this movie on a whim one night when it was one Netflix. It entranced me so hard, I had to go and buy the movie and watch it over and over. Don't let the length of it scare you (a whopping 6 hours!), it more than needs that time, and you won't even notice how long it seems as you watch it. I love it, and recommend it to friends often. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/27/23 Full Review Audience Member All people are the product of their own zeitgeist - their small lives universally relatable. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/19/23 Full Review Audience Member A sprawling emotional epic about the intimacy of life within the political framework of a corrupt government. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/15/23 Full Review Audience Member 6 hours may seem crazy long but strength of the characters and writing kept me entertained throughout. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis Two close-knit brothers, Nicola (Luigi Lo Cascio) and Matteo (Alessio Boni), are buffeted by the social and political upheavals that rock their native Italy during the 1960s and '70s as they navigate their way into adulthood, marriage and middle age. Along the way, Nicola meets Giulia (Sonia Bergamasco), the love of his life whose political beliefs take precedence over her personal happiness, while Matteo falls for the lovely photographer-turned-librarian Mirella (Maya Sansa).
      Director
      Marco Tullio Giordana
      Producer
      Angelo Barbagallo, Donatella Botti
      Screenwriter
      Sandro Petraglia, Stefano Rulli
      Distributor
      Miramax Films
      Production Co
      RAI Cinema, BiBiFilm
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      Italian
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Aug 30, 2003, Wide
      Release Date (DVD)
      Feb 7, 2006
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $250.4K
      Runtime
      5h 58m
      Sound Mix
      Dolby SRD
      Aspect Ratio
      Flat (1.37:1)
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