My Brother is an Only Child (15)

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Daniele Luchetti's film traces the social and political upheavals of Italy in the Sixties and Seventies through the story of two conflicted brothers.

Raised in a small town near Rome, Accio (Elio Germano) is a loose cannon who initially sides with the fascisti, while his older brother Manrico (Riccardo Scamarcio) becomes a leftist revolutionary. But they unwittingly find common ground in their love for the same woman (Diane Fleri).

In outlining the failure of political extremism, Luchetti avoids heavy rhetoric, preferring to focus on the charm of his two leads and the comedy of the Italian male's operatic displays of emotion. Melodrama goes head to head with romance, and, following a struggle, calls a truce. Fleri, as the woman between the brothers, could be a star in the making.

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